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Detroit – Detroit Lions rookie running back Kerryon Johnson suffered a left knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers and did not return.

Johnson was having one of the best games of his young Lions career when he reversed field on a run and was tackled in the third quarter.

He left the field on his own power and was examined on the sidelines by team doctors before heading for the locker room, also under his own power.

The Lions defeated the Panthers, 20-19, to improve their record to 4-6.

Johnson finished his day with 87 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown, pushing his season rushing total to 641 yards with two touchdowns.

Johnson’s best game this season was a 158-yard effort in a win over Miami on Oct. 21.