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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) was limited during practice leading up to the Week 8 game in London against the Falcons. There's speculation he could return this week, but according to head coach Jim Caldwell he needs to be 100 percent. The game starts at 930 am eastern on Sunday, so set your alarm to make sure you have the best information before setting your lineup.

He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Johnson was unable to practice last week due to his injured ankle, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday.

General News (Fri Oct 24): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend. Johnson will truly be a game-time decision against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8 in London. "He did work yesterday. I thought he did a pretty good job, but we'll see where he is today," head coach Jim Caldwell said of Johnson before Friday's practice. Remember, it's a 9:30 AM Eastern time kickoff Sunday in London. So if you're thinking about starting Calvin Johnson, you''ll need to make your decision early Sunday morning.

General News (Thu Oct 23): partially participated in Thursday's practice. On Wednesday, it was reported that Johnson has been more encouraged about the progress of his high right ankle sprain this week, even though he's been limited in practices so far. "Good. We're doing everything from straight-forward running to moving laterally as well," Johnson said. "Things are going good. We're moving in a positive direction." However, Johnson said a decision on whether he'll play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons could come down to a game-time decision in London. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the decision will come down to doctors.

General News (Wed Oct 22): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

General News (Tue Oct 21): would not give any indication whether he would play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. After the Week 7 game Sunday, Oct. 19, he simply said, "maybe" as he was asked about his playing status next week. Johnson will only return in Week 8 against the Falcons if he's 100 percent healthy, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. "It's not going to be a thing of degrees," Caldwell said. "When they say he's cleared, he's ready to go and he's feeling great, when they doctors say, OK, that's when it's going to happen. It's not going to be a whole lot of in between." Johnson has missed six straight practices.

Week 8: at Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Matthew Stafford worked without his top wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, and both of his top two tight ends, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria, last week. He still managed a come-from-behind victory over the Saints, with 27/40 for 299 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -14 yards. Golden Tate continues to be worth his weight in the shiny stuff, with 13 targets for 10/154/1 receiving last weekend; five other receivers caught at least two balls from Stafford, including Corey Fuller (five targets for 3/44/1), who accounted for the other TD pass. With Johnson traveling to London this week and reportedly feeling much better, Stafford may get to play this week with the consensus top wide receiver in the NFL - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on this front, and remember this game will be played extra-early in U.S. time on Sunday thanks to the kickoff being in Wembley Stadium, London UK. You'll likely have to make the call on whether to start Johnson or sit him on Saturday night, at the latest. The Falcons' pass D is nose-diving as the season goes along, currently ranking 29th in the NFL averaging 274.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with eight passing scores given up vs. only four interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and a paltry seven sacks (tied-27th) generated. Joe Flacco threw 16/25 for 248 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions last week, with one sack taken for -10 yards; Jay Cutler bombed this group for 26/38 yielding 381 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -6 yards) two weeks ago. Stafford has a great matchup to work with here in front of the Brit crowd.

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Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Johnson was active and got the start against Buffalo with the cloud of being a decoy last week through an injured ankle. Johnson was on and off the field in the first half and did not see a target. In addition, he was gingerly moving when run-blocking on the perimeter. Early in the third quarter, Johnson saw his first target on a quick slant route. He was tackled with the defensive back falling on his legs. Johnson immediately grabbed his ankle and was out for the remainder of the game. Golden Tate was the featured pass-catcher throughout this game and with a setback; Johnson's status for Week 6 is a question mark at best.

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Latest News

Lions | Calvin Johnson unlikely for Week 9 (Fri Oct 24, 09:47 PM) - Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is unlikely to play in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons in London, according to a source. The team has a bye in Week 10, and head coach Jim Caldwell is reportedly looking at the big picture.

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Lions | Calvin Johnson will be game-time decision (Fri Oct 24, 01:47 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will truly be a game-time decision against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8 in London. Johnson was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. “He did work yesterday. I thought he did a pretty good job, but we’ll see where he is today,” head coach Jim Caldwell said of Johnson before Friday’s practice.

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Lions | Calvin Johnson listed as questionable (Fri Oct 24, 10:47 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable for the Week 8 game Sunday, Oct. 26. Johnson was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 24.

Our View: Johnson is a true game time decision. With the Lions saying they won't play him unless he's really ready to return, and a Week 9 bye giving them every incentive to sit him if there is any question, Johnson is worth playing if he is active. We should know around 8 am eastern whether that is the case on Sunday. Go to bed on Saturday with Johnson on your bench just to be safe.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson encouraged with progress (Thu Oct 23, 01:21 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) has been more encouraged about the progress of his high right ankle sprain this week, even though he's been limited in practices so far. 'Good. We're doing everything from straight-forward running to moving laterally as well,' Johnson said. 'Things are going good. We're moving in a positive direction.' However, Johnson said a decision on whether he'll play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons could come down to a game-time decision in London. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the decision will come down to doctors.

Our View: That's a slightly different tune coming from Caldwell who had said before that Calvin Johnson had to be 100 percent to play. 100 percent may not involve practice it seems. If he doesn't play, Golden Tate remains a fantastic WR1 but if Johnson does play we wouldn't panic on Tate—he's still at least a WR2 as we don't know how involved Johnson will be.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson limited (Thu Oct 23, 11:51 AM) - Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Our View: There's always a chance Johnson plays but it's not looking good even if he was cutting and running as reports state he was. Coach Jim Caldwell has said Johnson has to be 100 percent in order to play and that seems unlikely at this point. Golden Tate will continue to play as the No. 1 for Detroit and we expect top numbers from him this week, so start him as a WR1.
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