The San Diego Chargers finally received some news on WR Stevie Johnson (torn meniscus), but it wasn’t the news they wanted to hear.
NFL Media insider’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that Johnson will miss the 2016 season.
Meniscus surgery for #Chargers WR Stevie Johnson was successful, but it'll require months of rehab. A freak injury knocks him out for 2016
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 11, 2016
It’s tough to see Johnson go down. Johnson, who turned 30 years old in July, signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal last season. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to stay on the field in his first year as a Charger, missing six games due to hamstring and groin injuries.
Some expected Johnson to miss only four-to-six months. There still could be a chance for him to be placed on injured reserve/designated to return.
Luckily, the Chargers have depth at the position. The team signed speedster Travis Benjamin in free agency, and second-year receiver Tyrell Williams has been dominating in camp. The 6-foot-4 undrafted free agent out of Western Oregon has been a part of the first-team offense and could very well make a huge impact in 2016. Reminds me of when Keenan Allen shot up the depth chart when Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander were hurt in 2013–and we all know what happened (spoiler alert: he had one of the best seasons as a rookie wideout).
The Chargers also signed former Packers wide receiver James Jones as insurance. Jones is coming off a season where he led the Packers in receiving yards and scored eight touchdowns.