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Calvin Johnson won’t play on Thursday night

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Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will not play in Thursday’s exhibition vs. New England, the club said before the game.

Johnson has been dealing with a knee bruise. According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Johnson indicated he had some knee pain before the game. Johnson did go through some pregame warmups, Anderson reported.

The 27-year-old Johnson caught 122 passes for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. His production — and the attention opposing defenses must give him — are vitally important to the Detroit offense. With 17 days until the regular-season opener vs. Minnesota, a little more rest for the Lions’ star receiver isn’t the worst thing.

The Lions will have the services of safety Louis Delmas vs. New England, the club said before Thursday’s game. Delmas has been bothered by persistent knee issues in recent seasons.

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9 Responses to “Calvin Johnson won’t play on Thursday night”
  1. mylionsroaring says: Aug 22, 2013 6:27 PM

    If they establish a passing game tonight it will be a surprise, but the defense might look a little better OOOPS I forgot we were playing against Tom Brady Oh Well

  2. unbiasfan says: Aug 22, 2013 6:28 PM

    The only relevant player on the Lions is not playing? Looks like I’m watching tennis tonight…

  3. craniator says: Aug 22, 2013 6:29 PM

    Calvin Johnson won’t play , which means we can expect the score to be something like 45-3 , in favor of New England.

  4. mylionsroaring says: Aug 22, 2013 6:41 PM

    Any final guesses on the score tonight?

    I say even with CJ out

    Lions win 27 – 24

  5. detroitmike0 says: Aug 22, 2013 6:55 PM

    24-3 Pats……… at the Half

  6. seahawks4alltime says: Aug 22, 2013 7:06 PM

    “24-3 Pats……… at the Half”

    …..

    And then they will put in Tebow at QB.

    24-27 Final. …With Tim Tebow throwing all of the TD passes to the Lions Defense.

  7. papacrick says: Aug 22, 2013 9:11 PM

    Nice predictions

  8. praetorianspqr says: Aug 22, 2013 10:19 PM

    I think I hear crickets now … how ’bout them Lions?

    And yes…I know it’s still pre-season.

  9. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 23, 2013 12:48 AM

    craniator says:
    Aug 22, 2013 6:29 PM
    Calvin Johnson won’t play , which means we can expect the score to be something like 45-3 , in favor of New England.

    Yeah. How’d that work out for you? How about 40-9 Lions?

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