Calvin Johnson Returns To Limited Practice In London

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 | 0

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Slowed by an ankle sprain suffered early in the season, Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson has had a frustrating 2014 where he’s only caught two touchdowns. And they were both in the first game.

After the team used him largely as a decoy in Weeks 4 and 5, they finally decided that having him play hurt was helping no one. So “Megatron” has been on the sidelines the last two weeks, and was expected to be highly doubtful for the Lions’ Week 8 showdown with Atlanta from London, England.

Johnson made the trip with the team, however, and today (Wed. October 22, 2014), he reportedly returned to a limited practice. According to the Detroit Free Press, Johnson did not practice in the open media portion today, but did take the field to do some individual drills afterwards.

The star receiver briefly opened up about his status:

“I’m getting better; I’ll tell you that much. Moving around a lot more, so I’m feeling good.”

Johnson may be getting better, and it’s obviously a positive sign that he returned to practice in some capacity. He has been held out of practice since re-injuring the ankle in the team’s Week 5 loss to the Buffalo Bills. But his return could still be some time off, as Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said that the team would only start him if he were back to full health.

Detroit has a Week 9 bye that will lend Johnson some much-needed rest, so he could conceivably return in Week 10. The Lions currently sit atop the NFC North Division, so there’s not as much urgency to rush him back into a potentially harmful situation.

He is slated to talk with the media and update his status again on Thursday.

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