Detroit Lions News: C.J. Gardner-Johnson Getting Healthy, Dan Campbell Staying In Detroit + Injury

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We got news earlier this week that defensive end James Houston may not be returning until the very end of the season—if at all—but things could be looking better for Detroit Lions safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson. In an Instagram Live stream this week, Gardner-Johnson was shown doing some pretty aggressive lifts, despite having torn his pectoral muscle almost two months ago to the date.

Gardner-Johnson has been going back and forth to Detroit for his rehab, and just two weeks back he dropped by the Lions locker room to provide some levity and tell players he plans on returning this season.

“He just keeps saying it,” teammate Jerry Jacobs said. “That means he really wants to come back, and he’s going to push forward to get back. Shit, if we can get him back, with good, successful surgery, I’d love to have him back.”

Coach Dan Campbell was a little more ambiguous in his updates for Gardner-Johnson, saying it is “hard to say” whether he’ll return this season and that “rehab’s going well.”

If the Lions could get Gardner-Johnson back this season, it could be a huge boost to a passing defense that has struggled recently. Against, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Lions gave up 323 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Campbell pointed to communication issues in the secondary as part of the problem.

“There was a lack of communication

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