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Injury Update For Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson

A closeup of Kerryon Johnson running with the football.

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 18: Kerryon Johnson #33 of the Detroit Lions runs for a first down during the second quarter of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field on November 18, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions received some tough news on Tuesday afternoon. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Lions placed running back Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve.

Earlier this week, ESPN insider Adam Schefter suggested Johnson would miss "some time" with a knee injury.

After initially being listed as "week-to-week" Johnson reportedly underwent knee surgery on Tuesday morning. As a result, he'll be out for an extended period of time.

The Lions are holding out hope that Johnson will be able to return at some point later in the season. Generally, players placed on the IR must sit out for eight weeks.

Following the team's game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, head coach Matt Patricia suggested the injury wasn't too serious.

"I saw him, and he said he was fine, but it wasn’t really a deep conversation, as far that’s concerned. Hopefully I’ll have an update tomorrow, once I talk to the doctors," Patricia said.

After undergoing surgery and being placed on IR, Johnson won't be eligible to return until Week 16.

With Johnson gone, the Lions will rely on Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic to carry the load. The team could also bring back CJ Anderson, who they cut earlier this year.

Stay tuned for the latest.