Former Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Stevie Johnson will miss the entire 2016 NFL season.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Johnson has undergone season-ending surgery to repair his torn meniscus, which occurred in the first week of training camp.
Following surgery to repair his meniscus yesterday, #Chargers WR Stevie Johnson has learned he's out for the season, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 11, 2016
Meniscus surgery for #Chargers WR Stevie Johnson was successful, but it'll require months of rehab. A freak injury knocks him out for 2016— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 11, 2016
Johnson, now entering his ninth NFL season, originally went down with a non-contact injury during one of the Chargers' first camp sessions before being carried off the field. It looked like it might be serious enough to be of the season-ending variety, and that's sadly come true.
This would have been just Johnson's second season with San Diego after inking a three-year deal with them in 2015. A seventh-round pick of the Bills in 2008, Johnson spent six seasons in Buffalo (2008-13) and a seventh (2014) with the 49ers before joining the Chargers last year.
The three-time 1,000-yard receiver fought through hamstring and groin injuries during his first year with the Chargers that limited him to just 10 games in 2015.