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C.J. Gardner-Johnson Cleared for Action at Detroit Lions

C.J. Gardner-Johnson (Credits: NFL)

Following losses in two of their last three games, the Detroit Lions could see a significant improvement in their secondary with the potential return of defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who has been medically cleared, according to coach Dan Campbell.

Coach Campbell indicated that Gardner-Johnson’s 21-day practice window could commence as early as next week.

The defensive back has been sidelined since Week 2 due to a torn pectoral suffered during the Lions’ 37-31 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, leading to his placement on the injured reserve list.

Describing the development as “great news,” Campbell highlighted Gardner-Johnson’s apparent readiness, noting a social media post on Wednesday referencing “The Simpsons” sitcom as a hint at his return.

“He’s one of the X-Men, he’s got these mutant genes because he has healed extremely quickly, and he’s gotten his strength back. It is secure,” Campbell said. “So, yeah, he’s going to be ready to go here pretty soon.”

C.J. Gardner-Johnson (Credits: NFL)

Detroit’s defense has struggled recently, allowing 25 or more points in five consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL.

In his two appearances this season, Gardner-Johnson started both games and recorded 13 total tackles with two passes defended.

He joined the Lions in the offseason following a Super Bowl stint with the Philadelphia Eagles and was among the NFL’s leaders in interceptions with six in 2022.

“Lions general manager Brad Holmes and I need to talk about it, but it’s good news, and certainly the plan will be, let’s get him going ASAP to get him practicing, get his legs back under him, get him in shape … football shape,” Campbell said.

“But that’s great news. That’s a credit to him, too, now. He’s been working.”

The Lions look to integrate Gardner-Johnson back into their defensive lineup to bolster their efforts as they strive to improve their performance on the field.

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