Calvin Johnson Has High Ankle Sprain, Hopes To Play In Week 6

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 | 0

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Detroit Lions megastar Calvin Johnson has been hampered by an ankle injury for the past two weeks, catching only two passes in a Week 4 win over the New York Jets and the one in a Week 5 loss to the Buffalo before leaving the game after re-aggravating the ailment.

Earlier today (Wed., October 8, 2014) Dave Birkett confirmed that Johnson is indeed suffering from a high ankle sprain:

While Johnson insists he’s fine with playing a decoy role and is hopeful to play in Week 6, he noted that he’d need a lot of treatment in order to take the field on Sunday.

Johnson also described a scenario where he could take a week or two off, something the Lions discussed earlier this week. A high ankle sprain is a relatively serious injury, one that can potentially keep players out for 4-6 weeks.

It’s clear that if the Lions want to make a playoff run, they’re going to need Johnson at close to full strength, and he’s obviously getting worse by playing at much less than one hundred percent.

He hasn’t been practicing and most likely will not start this week. At this point, it may be time for the Lions to shut him down and re-examine the situation after one or two games. Detroit has some new weapons in receiver Golden Tate and tight end Eric Ebron that could help to fill the void left by ”Megatron’s” absence, but they are suffering from injuries to their top three running backs.

He’s an incredibly tough and unique player whose desire to play may prevent him from attaining full health, and perhaps it is time for his team’s medical staff to step in.

Injuries sapped Johnson’s performance at the end of last season, greatly affecting his performance at a crucial juncture. Detroit will have to avoid making that same mistake in order to make a trip to the postseason under new coach Jim Caldwell.

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