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2023 Defensive

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Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
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Regular Season 17 1 0 0 0.0
Post Season 12 1 0 0 0.0

Top Chauncey Gardner-Johnson News

  • Eagles' C.J. Gardner-Johnson: Heading back to Philly

    The Eagles are slated to sign Gardner-Johnson to a three-year deal worth up to $33 million, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    Gardner-Johnson was part of the Eagles' Super Bowl team in 2022 before signing a one-year deal with the Lions last offseason. CJGJ ended up missing all but three games with a torn pec but was able to return for Week 18 and Detroit's playoff run. He's just 26 years old and should return to an every-down role in the Eagles' defensive backfield alongside Reed Blankenship.

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  • Lions' C.J. Gardner-Johnson: Productive when healthy in 2023

    Gardner-Johnson recorded 17 tackles and three passes defended including one interception over three regular-season games in 2023.

    Gardner-Johnson signed a one-year deal to defend the slot in Detroit, but he ultimately was moved to safety to accommodate impressive rookie Brian Branch before missing 14 games due to a torn pectoral muscle. However, Gardner-Johnson was nonetheless productive when healthy, as the playmaker snagged a pick not only in his Week 18 return from injured reserve but also in Detroit's divisional-round win over Tampa Bay. Now set to become an unrestricted free agent, Gardner-Johnson may have to settle for another one-year contract given his injury-marred 2023.

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  • Lions' C.J. Gardner-Johnson: Collects game-sealing interception

    Gardner-Johnson notched four tackles and one interception during Sunday's 30-20 win over the Vikings.

    Making his first appearance since Week 2, Gardner-Johnson collected a few tackles throughout the game before watching the game-sealing interception fall into his lap on an overthrow by Nick Mullens. Looking like he'll be a boost to the Detroit secondary entering the playoffs, Gardner-Johnson will play a large role in slowing down Matthew Stafford and the Rams passing game during the NFC wild card round.

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  • Lions' C.J. Gardner-Johnson: Taken off IR

    The Lions activated Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) from injured reserve Saturday, and he does not carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's contest against the Vikings.

    Gardner-Johnson is set to play for the first time since Week 2, when he tore his pectoral against the Seahawks. He should work into the Lions' safety rotation along with Kerby Joseph, Ifeatu Melifonwu and Tracy Walker.

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  • Lions' C.J. Gardner-Johnson: Officially questionable for Sunday

    Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Vikings.

    Gardner-Johnson was a full participant at practice all week, so he's likely on the probable end of the questionable designation. Per Justin Rogers of The Detroit News, if Gardner-Johnson plays, it could be as part of a three-man rotation at safety, which he has expressed displeasure about. If he doesn't suit up in Week 18, it could mean an uptick in reps for Tracy Walker.

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  • Lions' C.J. Gardner-Johnson: Looking good for Week 18

    Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) was a full participant at practice Wednesday.

    Gardner-Johnson has been sidelined for the last 14 weeks due to a pectoral injury he sustained in Week 2 versus the Seahawks, but it finally looks like he'll be available again in Week 18. Detroit can do no worse than the third seed and no better than the second seed in the NFC though, so it remains to be seen whether its starters will play much Sunday.

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  • Lions' C.J. Gardner-Johnson: Won't suit up at Dallas

    Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) is listed as out for Saturday's game at Dallas, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    He was able to practice in a limited capacity throughout the week, but Gardner-Johnson will ultimately sit out for his 14th straight game Saturday. In his stead, 2021 third-rounder Ifeatu Melifonwu is in line to make at least one more start at safety this season.

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  • Lions' C.J. Gardner-Johnson: Won't play versus Minnesota

    Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

    Per Colton Pouncy of The Athletic, head coach Dan Campbell noted Friday that he doesn't "see [Gardner-Johnson] going this week" but believes he's progressing well. Gardner-Johnson played the first two games of the season before being placed on injured reserve Sept. 19 with a torn pectoral. He could be back for Week 17 against the Cowboys.

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  • Lions' C.J. Gardner-Johnson: Designated to return from IR

    Detroit designated Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    Gardner-Johnson suffered a torn pec against Seattle in Week 2 and landed on IR soon thereafter. He's been working toward a return since and was able to log a limited practice session Wednesday. Gardner-Johnson may not be ready to return Sunday against Minnesota, but his ability to get back on the practice field gives him a chance of suiting up again before the end of the regular season.

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  • Lions' C.J. Gardner-Johnson: Window could open next week

    Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Thursday that Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) has been medically cleared and will likely have his 21-day practice window opened next week, Eric Woodyard of reports.

    Once Gardner-Johnson is designated to return from IR, the Lions will have three weeks to evaluate him in practice before he would need to be moved back to the 53-man roster. Campbell added that Johnson-Gardner will likely be worked back into the mix as soon as possible, so a return to the lineup Week 16 against the Vikings could be realistic. Gardner-Johnson tallied 13 tackles and two pass breakups through Detroit's first two games before landing on IR on Sept. 19 due to a torn pectoral.

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  • Lions' C.J. Gardner-Johnson: Could still return this season

    Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) is looking at a late-December or early-January return, according to head coach Dan Campbell, Colton Pouncy of The Athletic reports.

    Gardner-Johnson suffered the injury Week 2 against the Seahawks and his status for the remainder of the season has remained in doubt. However, after fears that he would not return this year, it appears the star safety could take the field again before the 2023 campaign comes to a close. The Florida product will remain on IR for now, but a late-season comeback by the 25-year-old would be a significant boost to the Lions' secondary.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 208 lbs
Birthplace: Cocoa, FL
Age: 26
School: Florida
Experience: 5