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Tra Carson added to Lions Week 9 injury report [UPDATE]

The Lions lost running back Kerryon Johnson to injury, and now have a question about Tra Carson. We break down the fantasy football implications for Carson and Ty Johnson heading into Week 9.

Tra Carson of the Detroit Lions looks for running room during a first half run against the New York Giants at Ford Field on October 27, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Tra Carson placed on IR

Missed this earlier, but Carson has been placed on IR and his season is over.

Tra Carson status update, 11/3 8:18 a.m.

Tra Carson is not expected to play in Week 9, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Carson suffered a hamstring injury in practice this week and was added to the injury report on Thursday. He was listed as questionable at the end of the week, but it appears he will not play. Ty Johnson is likely to get the starter workload with J.D. McKissic getting work in the passing game, and Paul Perkins getting some additional work as well.

The Detroit Lions wrapped up their second practice of Week 9, and they made a notable move on the injury report. The team added running back Tra Carson to the Thursday report with a hamstring injury. He had not appeared on Wednesday’s report, but was listed as limited on Thursday.

Carson took over the Lions starting running back job last week after Kerryon Johnson was lost for the season to a knee injury. Ty Johnson was expected to be the guy, but Carson surprised us. He had 12 carries for 34 yards to Johnson’s seven for 25, with the latter adding a reception as well. Paul Perkins had three rushes and J.D. McKissic had one plus three short receptions.

Fantasy football analysis: Lions RBs Tra Carson, Ty Johnson

The Lions ground game took a big hit with Kerryon Johnson’s loss. The Raiders give up the 15th fewest fantasy points to running backs, so they’re right in the middle of the pack. Neither Carson or Johnson are a particularly good fantasy option. Even if you’re short-handed, the big concern is that we see a platoon. Ty Johnson was the more effective of the two last week, but that’s not saying much.

If you have big problems with byes and injuries, Carson might be worth a start if healthy. Otherwise, look elsewhere.