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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 month.

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 patella tendon.

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.