Since graduating in May, Keeon Johnson has been working out with the New York Giants. He signed a 3 year, unguaranteed deal with the Giants that would pay him $555k for the season if he were to make the team. That never seemed particularly likely, even though the Giants aren’t particularly deep at wide receiver.
According to reports, Johnson had been impressing in camp. Though he may not have made the Giants, getting onto a practice squad seemed like a good bet. Johnson ran a 4.57 40 at the Hoos NFL Pro Day, and measured 6’2” and 211. That’s a good size and speed combo for an NFL WR.
Unfortunately, Johnson suffered a broken foot in practice on Thursday, and has already had surgery to repair the damage. He’ll head to the injured reserve.
UDFA WR Keeon Johnson broke his foot during Thursday's practice and needed surgery, per source. Expectation is he'll land on injured reserve— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 18, 2017
On the plus side, the injury might make him some money, since the Giants can’t release him while he’s injured. Canaan Severin went through a similar experience last year, suffering a shoulder injury in camp with the Steelers. He spent the entire season on the Reserve/Injured list. He’s been in camp with the Steelers again this summer.