Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Packers place DE Johnson on injured reserve with torn quad
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin - The Green Bay Packers placed
defensive end Joe Johnson on injured reserve Wednesday, one day
after learning he will miss the rest of the season with a torn
right quadriceps tendon.
Johnson, 31, suffered the injury in the first quarter of
Sunday's overtime loss to Kansas City and underwent an MRI on
Monday. He is expected to undergo surgery by the end of the
The Packers signed Johnson to a six-year, $33 million contract
in March 2002, but it has turned into an unlucky investment.
A two-time Pro Bowler, he started the first five games of the
2002 campaign at right end but suffered a season-ending torn
left triceps in an October 7 game at Chicago.
This season, Johnson was moved to left end to replace Vonnie
Holliday, who signed in the offseason with Kansas City.
The 6-4, 275-pound Johnson spent his first eight seasons with
the New Orleans Saints and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1998 and
2000. He missed the entire 1999 season due to a ruptured
Defensive lineman Terdell Sands was signed from the practice
squad to replace Johnson on the 53-man roster. A 2001
seventh-round pick of the Chiefs, Sands spent most of the
preseason on the Packers' roster before being waived on August
26. He spent two weeks on the practice squad before he was
released, then was re-signed to the practice squad on October 1.
Offensive tackle Jason Jimenez was re-signed to fill Sands' spot
on the practice squad.