Last season, after Lions receiver Calvin Johnson suffered a concussion, the Lions said he didn’t.
Today, Johnson reportedly confirmed that he played with three broken fingers in 2012. And while the team has not yet addressed the contention, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Johnson actually didn’t break any fingers.
He also apparently didn’t say that he broke his fingers, based on the questions asked and answers provided.
A portion of Johnson’s quotes appears in Chris McCosky’s story in the Detroit News. There’s no specific quote from Johnson acknowledging the fingers were broken.
This doesn’t change the fact that he suffered some sort of injury to the fingers on his left hand that has left them crooked, but the injury report for last year only shows Johnson as having a “thumb” injury twice, in Week 13 and Week 15.
Thus, broken or not, Johnson played with finger injuries last year. Which can make slightly more difficult the task of using the fingers and the hands to catch footballs.