Calvin Johnson Misses Practice, But Reportedly Feeling “Much Better”

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 | 0

Calvin Johnson

After racking up 164 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 1 win over the New York Giants, Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson has trailed off to the point of disappointment in 2014.

He had some respectable yardage totals in Weeks 2 and 3 despite not finding the end zone, but he experienced a new low in Detroit’s Week 4 win over the subpar New York Jets. Slowed by an ankle issue he suffered in Week 3, Johnson was unable to practice last week, and it showed in his play. He caught only two passes for 12 yards while being primarily used as a decoy.

The poor statistical showing has Johnson barely inside the Top 50 wideouts for 2014, maddening his fantasy owners to no end. But the Lions are off to a great start at 3-1, and Johnson is apparently on track towards recovery. Dave Birkett reported that Johnson said he is “feeling much better” this week:

However, Tim Twentyman soon reported that Johnson missed practice yet again today, joining several other injured Lions:

That’s not exactly good news for Lions fans, as Johnson was noticeably hobbled by nagging injuries last year, sapping his productiveness down the stretch. The all-world receiver is now dealing with another persistent ailment, signifying that age may be beginning to take its toll on the 29-year-old player.

The Lions will take on the Buffalo Bills in Detroit in Week 5, and with their running game struggling to find a rhythm as Bell struggles, the team could use a heaping helping of “Megatron.”

They’ll most likely only look his way if he’s truly healthy, and that’s obviously the best course of action given his recent inconsistencies due to injury. His effectiveness in Week 5 will partly hinge on his ability (or lack thereof) to get in a full practice session this week.

Overall, it’s in the team’s best interet to make sure their megastar gets back to health, even if that means resting him for a game or two. Thankfully they’ve already won three games so they can afford to do so.

But Johnson is a warrior and will probably be on the field this Sunday, even if it as just a glorified decoy.

Johnson’s status will be updated on Thursday as game time draws near. Have we seen the beginning of a slight decline for one of the game’s biggest stars?

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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