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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 Wednesday, Oct. 22. There's speculation he could return this week for the game against the Falcons, but according to head coach Jim Caldwell he needs to be 100 percent.

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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 (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

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 at NYJ 0 0 0 2 2 12 0 0
5 vs BUF 0 0 0 1 1 7 0 0
8 at ATL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 0 * * *
8 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
8 at ATL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 0 * * *

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 limited (Wed Oct 22, 12:41 PM) - Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

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Lions | Calvin Johnson sitting out (Wed Oct 22, 10:03 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Our View: Lions head coach Jim Caldwell stated earlier this week that Johnson would need to be 100 percent healthy in order to play against the Falcons. The Lions have a bye next week, so they might be better off shutting down Johnson for one more week.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson must be 100 percent (Tue Oct 21, 05:11 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will only return in Week 8 against the Atlanta 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 hes 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.

Our View: We're okay with the team holding out Johnson until he's fully ready to return. We saw him struggle with this ankle injury for a couple of weeks, and he just didn't look the same. Keep watching for Johnson's practice status each day.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson resumes running (Tue Oct 21, 01:03 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he is back to running Tuesday, Oct. 21. Johnson sat out in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints and appears to be trying to return sooner rather than later.

Our View: Watch Johnson's practice status to see if he's ready to play in Week 8. They play the Falcons this week, but then the Lions have a bye the week after that. It might be wise to let Johnson rest through the bye.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson going to London (Mon Oct 20, 01:17 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will travel with the team for their Week 8 game in London, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Our View: That's good news for the Lions. Johnson has missed a couple of games due to this ankle injury, but he's taking his time to get closer to full strength. We've missed him, but it's best for the team (and fantasy owners) if Johnson waits it out.
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Schedule

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
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