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WR Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions

6-5, 235Born: 9-25-1985College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 2

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Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is expected to play in Week 4, according to multiple sources.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 29): Johnson indicated after the game on Sunday that he was nowhere near 90% healthy, and coach Jim Caldwell stated: 'They still had to account for him,' Caldwell said. 'We might not have done all of the things that we normally do with him. We just tried to make certain we stayed within the framework of what he could do physically.' In other words, the Lions used Johnson as a decoy.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Johnson's ankle is more than a "minor" injury, as it cost his owners a low score in a great matchup. Hopefully the Lions will just rest Johnson and get him right for the remainder of the season, but it looks like a second straight season where Johnson's health could be an issue for his fantasy owners.

Week 5: vs Buffalo Bills

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs NYG 0 0 0 11 7 164 2 0
2 at CAR 0 0 0 13 6 83 0 0
3 vs GB 0 0 0 10 6 82 0 0
4 at NYJ 0 0 0 2 2 12 0 0
5 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs CAR (13 / 6 / 83 / 0 rec)

After a huge game to open the season in Week 1, Johnson received a majority of the attention from the Carolina secondary. Matthew Stafford made a concerted effort to target Johnson, including four targets (just one reception) on the two-minute drive to close the first half alone. A sliding reception attempt in the end zone could not be completed by Johnson on third down as he hit the ground. In the second half, the passing lanes closed for the Stafford-Johnson connection. When Stafford forced a deep post target to a well-covered Johnson, the ball was tipped away and intercepted.

2014 Week 3 vs GB (10 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)

The Packers contained Johnson this week, especially early in the game. Johnson's first target did not come until the second quarter as he came down with a jump ball from Matthew Stafford. Targets later in the first half were primarily forced by Stafford in Johnson's direction as a long pass into double coverage was intercepted and a crossing route throw was hurried and off the mark. Johnson found room for slant and out routes in the second half. Outside of an out-of-reach end zone target, Johnson had no touchdown opportunities this week.

2014 Week 4 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Johnson was a game-time decision, but declared active for the game against the Jets. The optimism about Johnson's status quickly dissipated as he was clearly not 100% running routes and his snap count was limited. In fact, Johnson did not see a target through the first 20 minutes of the game. Finally, a nominal quick hitch in the middle of the second quarter got Johnson into the box score. In the second half, Johnson made a highlight catch as Matthew Stafford was pressured into an off-target throw to a sedentary Johnson over the middle. Johnson made the diving play. Outside of that singular play, Johnson was a shadow of himself through his limited snap count and served as a decoy, freeing Golden Tate and Eric Ebron for larger roles.

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Latest News

Lions | Megatron used as a decoy (Mon Sep 29, 08:28 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was used as a decoy for the most part in Week 4 Sunday, Sept. 28. He caught the only two passes he was targeted in for 12 yards and laughed when he was asked if he was close to 90 percent health. He rarely played on back-to-back plays in Sunday's game and had a noticeable limp.

Our View: Fantasy owners were certainly let down by Johnson's performance on Sunday. This injury could slow him down for a while. Make sure to monitor his practice status during the week. The Lions don't have a bye until Week 9.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson limping after win (Sun Sep 28, 05:10 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was walking with a noticeable limp after the Week 4 game against the New York Jets. Johnson said Sunday, Sept. 28, that he wasn't close to the 90 percent healthy level head coach Jim Caldwell suggested, although Johnson would not estimate a number.

Our View: If Johnson is in the same kind of shape next week as he was in today, the Lions would be better off just resting him with the bye week still far off in Week 9. His owners would miss him against Buffalo, but it would be better than stringing this out over multiple weeks.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson sets new low (Sun Sep 28, 04:18 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was active in Week 4 against the New York Jets, but he managed just two catches for 12 yards. It was a career low in yardage in a Lions victory. Detroit lost the previous six times he was held under 20 receiving yards.

Our View: There weren't any major indications that Johnson would be this limited. Perhaps the ankle did not respond as well at game-time as expected. Last year he bounced back from an early season missed game with a knee issue to have a dominant stretch, but Johnson eventually wore down. It's still going to be very hard to bench him if he's active against Buffalo next week.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson active for Week 4 (Sun Sep 28, 11:41 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active for the Week 4 game Sunday, Sept. 28.

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Lions | Calvin Johnson ready to go (Sun Sep 28, 10:09 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is expected to be active for the Week 4 game Sunday, Sept. 28.

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Schedule

5vs Buffalo Bills
6@ Minnesota Vikings
7vs New Orleans Saints
8@ Atlanta Falcons
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Miami Dolphins
11@ Arizona Cardinals
12@ New England Patriots
13vs Chicago Bears
14vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Minnesota Vikings
16@ Chicago Bears
17@ Green Bay Packers