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Calvin Johnson practices with Lions

Calvin Johnson AP

Alleviating any concerns that Lions receiver Calvin Johnson’s knee injury could linger through the season, Johnson participated in practice today.

That’s particularly noteworthy because Johnson often takes Wednesdays off during the week, just because the Lions’ coaching staff likes to keep him fresh for Sundays. The fact that he’s feeling good enough to work even on a day when the team would be happy to let him off suggests that the knee injury that caused him to miss Week Five is not an issue going forward.

Lions running back Joique Bell and cornerback Rashean Mathis both practiced as well, three days after they had to leave the game against the Browns with injuries. That suggests that both Bell and Mathis will be good to go on Sunday against the Bengals.

Also at practice was running back Montell Owens, who has been sidelined since the preseason with a knee injury. Getting Owens back could provide a boost to the Lions’ special teams, as Owens was a two-time special teams Pro Bowler with the Jaguars. Owens was placed on injured reserve with the return designation, so he will not be eligible to return for a game until after the Lions’ Week Eight bye.

Missing practice for the Lions were safety Louis Delmas, tackle Jason Fox, receiver Nate Burleson, tight end Tony Scheffler and running back Theo Riddick.

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5 Responses to “Calvin Johnson practices with Lions”
  1. cwhat32 says: Oct 16, 2013 4:18 PM

    Good. He was rusty on Sunday.

  2. t8ertot says: Oct 16, 2013 4:40 PM

    “Darn”

    -bengals fans

    Kidding. Good luck with AJ

  3. jimbroney says: Oct 16, 2013 4:53 PM

    Who else would he practice with?

  4. toonzes says: Oct 16, 2013 5:28 PM

    And the swelling on Suh’s wallet has diminished.

  5. johnnyb1976 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:17 PM

    Bengals have shut down Rothlisberger, Rogers, and Brady. Stafford is just the next on the list. 21 straight games without allowing a 300 yard passer will go to 22 on Sunday.

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