Bye week doesn’t do much to help Calvin Johnson’s knee injury

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The knee problem with which Calvin Johnson is dealing could soon rival Tom Brady’s right shoulder in duration and ultimate impact on performance.

While Johnson has missed a game this year because of his knee (necessarily making it far worse than the right shoulder injury that appeared on the Patriots’ report pretty much every week for roughly five years — and recently resurfaced), it’s becoming a given to see Johnson’s name followed be the word “knee” in parentheses on the weekly injury reports.

Even after a bye week, Johnson was limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday due to his knee injury.

Again, it hasn’t done anything to impair Johnson’s play, when he can play.  In his last game, he generated 329 receiving yards, second most in NFL history.

With Jay Cutler back for the Bears, the Lions need Johnson to be able to play, regardless of how well he can or can’t practice fully.

9 responses to “Bye week doesn’t do much to help Calvin Johnson’s knee injury

  1. It’s a mistake to start Cutler. I’d hold him out one more week. If he’s healthy, the Bears can run the table and go into the playoffs.

    The Lions also have that ability. Both teams have weak second half schedules. Should be an interesting couple of months in the NFC North.

  2. Lions fan here. Why in God’s name Jay Cutler wants to come back this week (as opposed to next) to face Suh, who has all but shaken him like a rag doll the past few years should put to rest any question about his toughness!

  3. Lucky for Calvin, Charles Tillman is dinged up even worse than he is. I’m a Bears fan and I’m scared that this is the week that Megatron finally has a big game against Peanut.

  4. 26predator says: Nov 7, 2013 6:49 PM

    Lions fan here. Why in God’s name Jay Cutler wants to come back this week (as opposed to next) to face Suh, who has all but shaken him like a rag doll the past few years should put to rest any question about his toughness!

    Suh is a beast no doubt, but here’s why Cutler doesn’t mind coming back against Detroit:

    Record: 7-3
    Completion %: 62.71%
    Yards: 2139
    TD/INT: 14/4
    QB Rating: 94.7

  5. cutler is tough no doubt .. but since when do we care about the QBs being ‘tough’? no one ever says Payton Manning is either tough or not. same with Brady and Rodgers and Brees.

    in fact .. i don’t think QBs are _supposed_ to be tough

  6. Cutler playing makes a huge difference in the game. The line went from +2.5 to PK for the Bears after it was announced he was playing, and Chicago will probably be favored at kickoff.

  7. “Suh is a beast no doubt, but here’s why Cutler doesn’t mind coming back against Detroit:

    Record: 7-3
    Completion %: 62.71%
    Yards: 2139
    TD/INT: 14/4
    QB Rating: 94.7”

    Oh I get it, I’m just saying he usually takes a pounding from that beast in the process.

    My point was dude has stones, which had been questioned in the past specifically, when he was taken out of that playoff game some years ago with a bum knee.

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