San Diego Chargers wide receiver Stevie Johnson will be out for the rest of the 2016 season due to a recent surgery on his torn knee, confirms various reports on Thursday. This is a blow for the Chargers’ campaign in 2016 as Johnson is the top sot receiver for the squad.
The knee surgery was successful after he went under the knife Tuesday but the time of recovery will take months, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Johnson injured his right knee on July 31 and comes in the second year of of his three-season contract with the Chargers for $10.5 million.
The Chargers signed James Jones last week to try to replace Johnson for the 2016 season. But San Diego needs players to step up as Johnson was the top slot receiver for the team last season.
”It’s an unfortunate situation,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy stated to Yahoo Sports. ”I had a great conversation with Stevie last night and for what happened, he had a great mindset.”
In 10 regular season games in his first year in San Diego, Johnson registered 497 receiving yards on 45 receptions with three touchdowns. Johnson also struggled with a groin injury as he missed games last year.
Receivers Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin are pegged to be used more in the new NFL season without Johnson, who also had stints with the Buffalo Bills (2008 to 2013) and San Francisco 49ers (2014).
Allen was sad to lose Johnson for the season but remained positive with what they have for the upcoming season
”It’s too bad. But we have some other guys that can fill in,” Allen stated.
Johnson was able to register three 1,000+ receiving yards from 2010 to 2012 seasons when he played all full 16 games in the regular season.
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