5'11'' / 210 lbs
Coach Dan Campbell said there's a "chance" Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) plays again this season, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.
Gardner-Johnson was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Eric Woodyard of ESPN reports that the Lions at one point feared Gardner-Johnson had suffered a torn pectoral, but Campbell isn't ruling out a return for the standout safety yet. For at least the foreseeable future, though, Tracy Walker figures to take on an expanded role for Detroit's secondary.
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Detroit placed Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) on its injured reserve list Tuesday.
There's still no concrete timetable for his return, but this move means Gardner-Johnson won't be eligible to play again until October 22 at Baltimore at the earliest. If he indeed is dealing with a ruptured pectoral as has been rumored, he could be out for the rest of the season. For now, Tracy Walker should be expected to take on an expanded role in his absence.
Gardner-Johnson is feared to have suffered a torn pectoral in Sunday's 37-31 loss to the Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Gardner-Johnson exited the Lions' Week 2 contest a little worse for wear and he could be looking at a long-term, potentially season-ending injury. More information on his status will likely be provided in the coming days, but in the meantime, Ifeatu Melifonwu could be set to operate at Detroit's primary free safety moving forward.
Gardner-Johnson agreed to terms on a contract with the Lions on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Gardner-Johnson spent the first three years of his career in New Orleans before joining the Eagles last year. He logged 67 tackles (61 solo), including one sack, along with six interceptions and eight pass defenses over 12 games with Philadelphia, and he'll take on a prominent role in the Lions secondary in 2023.
Gardner-Johnson finished the regular season with career highs in tackles (67) and interceptions (six).
Gardner-Johnson totaled five interceptions across his three seasons in New Orleans, but he broke out following his late-August trade to Philadelphia. His six picks earned him a share of the league lead. The Eagles will presumably want to bring him back following his strong first season in midnight green, but he'll be a free agent after the year and could elect to move elsewhere.
The Eagles activated Gardner-Johnson (abdomen) from injured reserve Saturday ahead of Sunday's game against the Giants.
Johnson landed on IR after sustaining a lacerated kidney in the Week 12 win over Green Bay, though he returned to practice during Week 18 prep. The 25-year-old is not set to play again heading into the regular-season finale, though it's possible he could still see limited snaps in his first game back following a five-week layoff. If so, Marcus Epps and Reed Blankenship could both still be in line for significant usage in the Eagles' secondary Sunday.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said Friday that Gardner-Johnson (abdomen) has looked good in practice and is hopeful that the 25-year-old will play Sunday against the Giants, Geoff Mosher of InsideTheBirds.com reports.
Although Gardner-Johnson resumed practicing this week for the first time since he suffered a lacerated kidney in Week 12, he still needs to be officially added back to the Eagles' active roster in order for him to be available for Sunday's clash versus New York. Coach Sirianni's comments makes it sound like the 210-pound safety will snap his current five-game absence streak this weekend, and Reed Blankenship would likely revert back to a rotational role should that eventually be the case.
Head coach Nick Sirianni said Wednesday that Gardner-Johnson (abdomen) will return to practice this week, Josh Tolentino of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Gardner-Johnson, who's been on injured reserve since Dec. 3 after suffering a lacerated kidney versus Green Bay in Week 12, is now slated to have his 21-day elevation window opened by Philadelphia on Wednesday. Though it sounds as if the 25-year-old will resume practicing this week, his activity levels during those sessions should indicate whether he'll be able to suit up this weekend versus the Giants. Once he's eventually given the green light, Gardner-Johnson will likely replace Reed Blankenship as a starter in the Eagles' secondary.