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Calvin Johnson expected to play despite missing practice all week

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The Lions are concerned enough about receiver Calvin Johnson’s sore knee that they’ve held him out of practice all week, but Johnson is expected to play through it on Sunday in Jacksonville.

That’s the main thing, just being ready for Sunday,” Johnson said, via the team’s website. “I have to be out there to help these guys out.”

Johnson has regularly been given time off to rest, but this is the first time he’s missed an entire week of practice, which suggests that his knee pain could be getting worse. Johnson is seventh in the league with 638 receiving yards, but his production is down across the board this season from a year ago, and he has scored just one touchdown.

As the Lions continue to deal with injuries in their secondary, safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and Amari Spievey (concussion) also missed all three practices this week. Defensive end Cliff Avril (back) practiced today after missing the last two days.

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10 Responses to “Calvin Johnson expected to play despite missing practice all week”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Nov 2, 2012 12:40 PM

    How is practicing going to make his teammates better anyway?

  2. raidernation3481 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:52 PM

    I think i smell Madden curse. uh oh!!

  3. omegaichiban says: Nov 2, 2012 12:58 PM

    four words…Madden curse

  4. flavordave says: Nov 2, 2012 1:15 PM

    Practice? We talkin practice? Not a game, not a game, Practice? Man we talkin practice. Practice. Practice man, practice.

  5. bubbasmithguy says: Nov 2, 2012 1:47 PM

    Maybe Calvin “Hands of Stone” should take the week off.

  6. 4thquartermagic says: Nov 2, 2012 1:51 PM

    omegaichiban says:
    Nov 2, 2012 12:58 PM

    four words…Madden curse

    Completely agree.

    He faced constant double/triple teams last year and produced amazing numbers. The expectation wan’t that he would match those numbers but it’s week 9 of the season and dude has 1 TD.

    Cursed I say. A knee injury would seal it.

  7. threedeep1998 says: Nov 2, 2012 2:03 PM

    I will never draft a madden cover person in FF ever again.

  8. Soulman45 says: Nov 2, 2012 2:42 PM

    Will fine away 45-7 the Lions move on.

  9. rg3andthensome says: Nov 3, 2012 8:36 AM

    You CANNOT deny the power of the Madden Curse…This is just crazy. Stay away RG3…Stay far away…

  10. xmenot12 says: Nov 3, 2012 2:10 PM

    I’m sure Ray Lewis has the same thought Madden curse! Hoping Calvin can get to touchdowns this Sunday..for my fantasy team

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