The veteran wide receiver has learned that surgery to repair a meniscus tear will prevent him from suiting up this year, the team confirmed Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported the news Wednesday.
The procedure was successful, per Rapoport, but will require a lengthier rehab process than originally expected.
Due $3.5 million in 2017, the 30-year-old wide receiver is no lock to return to San Diego next offseason.
It will be interesting to see if Keenan Allen sees more time in the slot, with Jones or Tyrell Williams outside. Alternatively, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt could slide Dontrelle Inman into Johnson's slot role or utilize more two-tight end sets with Antonio Gates and third-round draft pick Hunter Henry.