Chris Johnson Injury: Updates on Titans RB's Ankle

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:  Running back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the New York Jets at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans are currently losing big to the Green Bay Packers and may have to go the rest of Week 16’s contest without superstar running back Chris Johnson.

UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2:20 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Chris Johnson has returned to the game, according to Tyler Dunn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Chris Johnson is back in for the Titans.

— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) December 23, 2012

We'll keep you updated right here if anything else breaks concerning CJ2k's ankle injury.

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According to the team’s official Twitter feed, Johnson is questionable to return to the contest with a right ankle injury.

Chris Johnson has a right ankle injury and is questionable to return. #Titans #TENvsGB

— Tennessee Titans (@tennesseetitans) December 23, 2012

However, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean noted that the RB is walking around on the sideline and doesn’t look too bad.

Chris Johnson suffered ankle injury, return is questionable. Looks OK walking around on sideline #Titans

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) December 23, 2012

Before exiting, Johnson had carried five times for six yards.

If Johnson doesn’t get back in the game, it would be a shame—especially for his fantasy owners. CJ2k was in the midst of turning his mediocre campaign around and had carried 244 times for 1,159 yards with five touchdowns prior to Sunday’s game.

Week 16 coincides with the championship game in most fantasy football leagues, and owners were hoping that the Titans stud would come through for them in this critical contest.

Backup Jamie Harper is in the game for CJ2k and would be reasonably expected to replace the starter if he misses an extended period of time. Veteran Darius Reynaud is also on the roster and could see some extra snaps due to this ankle injury.

The Titans are just 5-9 on the season and had any reasonable hopes of a playoff appearance extinguished weeks ago. The team is currently a work in progress and Johnson was one of the few consistent players on the offense.

Things are only going to get tougher for sophomore signal-caller Jake Locker until CJ2k can return, so hopefully he can get back on the gridiron sooner rather than later.