(DETROIT) — Detroit Lions star wide receiver is having a tough 2012 season.
He announced Thursday that one of the reasons is that he suffered nerve damage in his hands in a September loss to the Minnesota Vikings, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The hits Johnson took in the game has made it hard for him to grip the football when making catches.
Johnson has only one touchdown catch this season after finishing second in the NFL with 16 last season. Through the first eight games of this season he has 767 receiving yards after leading the league with 1,681 last year.
After the Lions week 5 bye, Johnson had at least three drops in the three games to follow, and he is blaming the nerve damage.
On top of the nerve damage, Johnson hasn’t practiced the past two weeks because of a sore knee. The injuries haven’t caused him to miss any games. He caught seven passes for 129 yards in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.
As the Lions prepare to face the Vikings for the second time this season, Johnson has said he is feeling better.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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