Johnson out for the rest of the season

Updated: October 14, 2003, 4:34 PM ET

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers defensive end Joe Johnson is out for the season with a tear in his right quadriceps tendon.

Johnson was injured late in the first quarter of Sunday's 40-34 overtime loss to Kansas City. An MRI exam performed Monday showed the extent of the injury.

Johnson will have surgery within a few weeks, and the team will place him on injured reserve. Johnson started the first six games for Green Bay.

In June, Johnson pleaded innocent to a marijuana possession charge.

Johnson signed with the Packers in March 2002 as a free agent after spending his first eight seasons with New Orleans. He played in five games last season after being injured in a game against the Chicago Bears.

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