Detroit Lions defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson was carted off the field after a right knee injury during training camp practice on Monday.
Gardner-Johnson was a member of the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles last season. He finished tied for the most interceptions in the NFL with six, despite missing five games with a lacerated kidney.
Gardner-Johnson was hurt during a light team drill. He couldn’t put pressure on his leg as trainers helped him to his feet.
Lions QB Jared Goff and several teammates came to check on him. Gardner-Johnson was said to be visibly emotional after the play, as he pointed near his upper leg to trainers while lying on the practice field.
After practice, members of the Lions were quick to send encouragement as they wait to learn the official status of the injury.
Gardner-Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Lions this offseason after one season with the Eagles. He was a key player of their team during the highly successful 2022 season.
Non-contact many times cause players to miss significant time. This could be a major blow to a Lions team that was looking to make a playoff push this season.
Former Eagles Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson.ERIC HARTLINE/USA TODAY SPORTS