July 12, 2024

Lions Receive Good Injury News On Veteran Defender

The Detroit Lions’ defense has faced recent challenges, allowing a minimum of 26 points per game since Week 7. Throughout the year, they have conceded an average of 24.2 points per game, placing them 25th in the league.

However, there’s positive news for the Lions as they approach the final month of the season. A key development involves the potential return of veteran defender C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who has received medical clearance to come back from a torn pectoral injury suffered in Week 2. According to reports from the 33rd Team’s Ari Meirov, Gardner-Johnson may be designated to rejoin the team next week.

Lions S CJ Gardner-Johnson has 'a chance' to return

Gardner-Johnson, a significant offseason acquisition for Detroit, aimed to play a crucial role in the Lions’ defensive strategy for 2023. Having led the NFL in interceptions with six during his previous season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022, he was expected to contribute significantly to the Lions’ defensive efforts.

The veteran defender had a strong start with 13 tackles and two defended passes in the first two games for the Lions this season before succumbing to the torn pectoral injury in the overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Rookie Brian Branch stepped in admirably in Gardner-Johnson’s absence, making an interception and defending six passes since becoming a starter in Week 3.

Despite the defensive challenges and a performance dip compared to the season’s start, the Lions maintain their position atop the NFC North with a 9-4 record, providing a clear pathway to the postseason. The imminent return of a player of Gardner-Johnson’s caliber, particularly in the secondary, is expected to bolster the team’s defensive capabilities.

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