Doctors are recommending that Johnson undergo the surgery this offseason in order to alleviate swelling and to clean out loose bodies in his knee, according to the source.
But Johnson and the Lions will determine the best course of action following Sunday’s season finale against the Minnesota Vikings.
Johnson, the NFL’s second-leading receiver this season, will not play Sunday in Minnesota, the second time this season he has been inactive due to the knee injury.
Although Johnson could opt to rest and let his knee heal on its own, there is concern that further aggravating the injury could set back his offseason work by months. That is why doctors would prefer to perform the surgery relatively soon.
Johnson, 28, is two years into an eight-year, $132 million contract — a deal that made him the highest-paid player in the league. He missed a game against the Green Bay Packers in October due to the knee injury and has been limited in recent weeks.
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