Lions ‘Strongly Consider’ Resting Calvin Johnson For 1-2 Weeks

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, October 6th, 2014 | 0

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Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson was one of several big names to go down with an injury this weekend, re-aggravating a previous ankle injury that has kept him ineffective for the better part of the team’s past two games.

“Megatron” has noticeably not been himself during those two contests, recording only two catches in the Lions’ Week 4 win over the New York Jets and one in the team’s close Week 5 loss to the buffalo Bills. Speaking to reporters earlier today (Mon., October 6, 2014), Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said that had re-evaluated the situation and may indeed sit Johnson for a while. His words according to Michael Rothstein on Twitter:

Obviously Johnson is a gamer, one of the finest receivers in NFL history based on statistics. But he’s clearly injured and reduced to purely decoy status, which is simply not worth risking further injury to the NFL’s best wide receiver.

The Lions offense has looked decent in his injury-plagued semi-absence, but it’s clear that they are sorely missing their star. Free agent signee Golden Tate will most likely step into a much larger role in the passing game in “Megatron’s” absence, something that he already did yesterday with over 100 yards receiving.

Complementary players Jeremy Ross and Corey Fuller are also expected to shoulder more of the load as Johnson recovers,, which could mean that he’s held out for 1-2 weeks.

Nagging injuries hampered “Megatron” down the stretch last year as well, perhaps contributing to the team’s momentous skid to miss the playoffs and earn the firing if former head coach Jim Schwartz.

He failed to sit out any games during that stretch, and it didn’t turn out well for the Lions. They may need him to win, but they need him healthy in order to accomplish that goal. It may be time to err on the side of caution and give “Megatron” the rest he needs whether he likes it or not.

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