The team’s official reporter and MLive.com first reported the surgeries, as told to them by Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew.
Johnson had been dealing with injuries all season long, from two knee injuries that kept him out of two separate games and at least one practice per week, to the finger that Mayhew said was not pointing straight.
“He played the entire season where the finger was really pointing perpendicular from his body,” Mayhew told MLive.com on Wednesday. “He’s trying to catch the ball [awkwardly]. He would never complain about that, but that was certainly a factor I think in the way he played.”
He had nine drops this season, a career-high for him.
Johnson also pulled out of next week’s Pro Bowl due to the injuries.
The 28-year-old still managed to catch 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. His yardage was fourth in the NFL and he was 17th in receptions. In 14 games, he came eight yards shy of being the first receiver to have three straight 1,500-yard seasons. He has now compiled four straight 1,000-yard seasons.
In his career, Johnson has 572 receptions for 9,328 yards and 67 touchdowns.
- Previously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com
- Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette