Injury news is a part of every sport, particularly the NFL. But it’s a part of the game I never get used to.
You hate to see any player injured, but it’s especially tough to see when it’s a player who had a chance. Wideout Ron Johnson absolutely had a chance until he went down on the field with an ankle injury on Monday.
Johnson is a player that head coach Andy Reid mentioned could really stand out in the wake of Riley Cooper’s injury. Johnson spent all but one game last season on the Eagles’ practice squad. He made the active roster for the final game of the season. That taste of success must have driven him that much more through his offseason training and these early days of training camp.
The competition would be stiff, he knew, but Cooper’s fractured collarbone gave him a chance.
But on Monday, Johnson dislocated and possibly fractured his ankle and had to be carted off the field. Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said that Johnson would get X-rays to see if the injury would require surgery, which seems likely.
To put it mildly, this is going to be a setback for Johnson. Coach Andy Reid shared the notable improvement of the receiver and his own disappointment at the injury.
I really like him. He’s been coming on since we got him. He’s been improving every day. He’s worked out all off-season like a wild man, and you hate seeing that. He’s a great, great kid and a good player, too. He’s a phenomenal player. He really had a chance to do something with our football team. This is going to be a setback for him, but he’s a battler, and he’ll battle through it. It’s hard. That’s the toughest part about the game.
You hate to see it, but it’s part of the game. He’s down, but hopefully he’s not out. Here’s hoping Ron Johnson returns to health soon and gets back to battling for his spot on a team.
UPDATED: The Eagles waived Johnson on Tuesday and signed Andrew Brewer, a former teammate of Mike Kafka’s at Northwestern, in the corresponding roster move. Johnson needed surgery to repair his ankle at Jefferson at the Navy Yard.