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Calvin Johnson cleared to face Panthers

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For much of the year, the Lions offense has been little more than “Throw the ball up to Calvin Johnson.”

That would be a difficult offense to run without Calvin Johnson, but luckily the Lions won’t have to try this week.

Johnson told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he passed a concussion test and will face the Panthers this week. We suspect coach Jim Schwartz won’t be quite as forthcoming with Megatron’s status, but clearly this is a good sign. Johnson said he had his “bull rung” against Chicago.

The Lions can’t afford a home slip-up against the 2-7 Panthers, with their big Thanksgiving game against Green Bay looming.

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24 Responses to “Calvin Johnson cleared to face Panthers”
  1. n0hopeleft says: Nov 15, 2011 11:27 AM

    Huge letdown game for Detroit.

    May cost them a playoff spot.

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:29 AM

    All I want is to be Calvin Johnson for a day…a man amongst boys. I think I’ll go play with the little kids across the street…

  3. Soulman45 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:35 AM

    Frist to say CJ will get the job done as all ways the best in football WO.

  4. 46defense says: Nov 15, 2011 11:37 AM

    As big as this guy is, he shies away from contact. 4 different plays on Sunday the Bears punished him, the Peppers clothesline, the Briggs smackdown, the Merriweather Tillman sandwich in the endzone, and on the Tillman run back you can clearly see him back off when Pep has him lined up.

  5. nfloracle says: Nov 15, 2011 11:39 AM

    The NLF Oracle says, “This time next week, Panthers will be 2-8.”

    Suck for Luck, Cats!

  6. klunge says: Nov 15, 2011 11:43 AM

    It’s a cat fight! It’s assumed the Packers will win on T-Day, but if the Lions lose to the Panthers we can officially give up on this season.
    Not renouncing fandom, but reverting back to the reality we thought we had before the season started: good progress has been made but they’re not there yet. Just put on a good show, guys, so we have a reason to keep watching!

  7. lionfan419 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:57 AM

    Must win for Lions. &-3 and hope we beat chargers and oakland and vikes. and go 10-6

  8. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2011 12:01 PM

    How did his special TD celebration work out?

  9. panther17 says: Nov 15, 2011 12:04 PM

    In looking out for your health before GB, taking the week off would be best CJ. In my medical opinion.

  10. klunge says: Nov 15, 2011 12:10 PM

    Yes, they *should win this weekend, they also *should win against Minny @ home, @Oakland in California weather, and against aweful Chargers D @home again. 10-6 definitely possible but they need those games, the others are going to be very tough @NO and both against GB. No legit reason to have given away the close games to ATL and SF, but now we know they have the penchant to lose close ones to good teams. Gotta overcome that trend to even care if they get into the playoffs.

  11. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says: Nov 15, 2011 12:11 PM

    The Briggs helmet to helmet hit was despicable. Briggs should be suspended.

  12. wallacejay says: Nov 15, 2011 12:11 PM

    Let’s go panthers!!!

  13. mycrackie says: Nov 15, 2011 12:20 PM

    Megatron?? More like star scream!

  14. louisvillebear says: Nov 15, 2011 12:36 PM

    “The Briggs helmet to helmet hit was despicable. Briggs should be suspended.”

    Uhh, I don’t know what game you were watching, but Briggs clearly lead with the shoulder to the chest of CJ. The only reason there was minimal helmet contact was CJ lowered his head right before the hit.

    If you want to talk despicable, that is what your boy Fairly did to Cutler in the end zone.

    Argue all want, watch and see what fines result from the game.

  15. wacco4flacco says: Nov 15, 2011 12:38 PM

    He said he had his “bull rung”? Maybe they should run those tests one more time just to be sure …

  16. bigcarguy1 says: Nov 15, 2011 12:48 PM

    I think that you should keep him out another week and really make sure that he is ready to go to Green Bay
    -Panthers Secondary

  17. terrellblowens says: Nov 15, 2011 1:01 PM

    “Bull rung?” Definitely still feeling the concussion aftereffects haha. Calvin is actually a very smart guy

  18. gosuhgo says: Nov 15, 2011 1:28 PM

    Hope he’s doin better. I’ve never actually seen him drop a catch before like he had, much less fumble. Panthers is must-win, absolutely.

  19. izlez says: Nov 15, 2011 1:48 PM

    “For much of the year, the Lions offense has been little more than “Throw the ball up to Calvin Johnson.””

    Uhhh…that statement is based on what

    -Calvin has only 9 more receptions than the Lions Next Leading receiver
    -Lions offensive players have 13 TD’s this season
    -Players not names Calvin Johnson have 1,656 receiving yards

    but yeah, keep making broad, baseless statements. That’s how you know your a good journalist

  20. otissistrunk says: Nov 15, 2011 2:16 PM

    Another phantom injury for CJ,Jr. I wonder how many practices this guy has missed this year? After every game he has some “injury” that prevents him from practicing for the week.Most stars in this league get paid for 16 days of work a year.Oh,by the way,the lions suck.

  21. stoogy says: Nov 15, 2011 2:47 PM

    Raiders ganna beat these big bad kittys’ Expect another let down in 5 week

  22. mjkelly77 says: Nov 15, 2011 3:36 PM

    And I thought that Calvin said that he had his “BELL rung”.

  23. formyministy says: Nov 15, 2011 6:18 PM

    louisvillebear says:
    Nov 15, 2011 12:36 PM
    “The Briggs helmet to helmet hit was despicable. Briggs should be suspended.”

    Uhh, I don’t know what game you were watching, but Briggs clearly lead with the shoulder to the chest of CJ. The only reason there was minimal helmet contact was CJ lowered his head right before the hit.

    —-
    did he hit megatron’s helmet with his helmet? cause that’s all the nfl front office cares about, louisville. is a holding not a holding if the guy didn’t mean to hold him? interference is only pass interference after they ask the corner what his intentions were?

  24. chazatlas says: Nov 15, 2011 9:44 PM

    @nfloracle- “Suck for Luck”? Are you crazy?! The Panthers prob is not Newton by any means. It’s a busted up defense, inconsistent offensive line and sorry special teams. Furthermore, Oregon exposed Luck last Sat. The first real competition he and Stanford faces and they get embarrassed at home. You mean “Sucks for Luck”. Can’t wait till he meets the NFL players that want to greet him with a helmet to the sternum. He’s going to be a Colt anyway.

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