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Calvin Johnson returns to practice on Friday

Calvin Johnson AP

He’s back.

After missing Wednesday and Thursday with a knee ailment, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson resumed practicing on Friday, Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com reported late this morning.

The news isn’t particularly surprising, as Johnson indicated Thursday he was intending to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. Still, his appearance on the practice field is welcome news for the first-place Lions.

Johnson, 28, has caught 53 passes for 904 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games for Detroit, which leads Chicago and Green Bay by one game in the NFC North. The Lions have swept the season series with the Bears, which strengthens their position atop the division. Still, there’s plenty of work left to be done for Detroit, and having Johnson in the fold will aid in those efforts.

The Lions’ positive practice news doesn’t end there. Rookie defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) also returned to the field Friday, according to Twentyman. The Lions’ 2013 first-round pick, Ansah has 19 tackles and three sacks in eight games (six starts).

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15 Responses to “Calvin Johnson returns to practice on Friday”
  1. blowpackblow says: Nov 15, 2013 12:11 PM

    You’re my boy Blue!

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 15, 2013 12:11 PM

    Another Matt Millen standout.

  3. TheRealLogicalVoice says: Nov 15, 2013 12:11 PM

    BEST EVER!!

  4. stevincinci says: Nov 15, 2013 12:12 PM

    Cool. Need him for my fantasy team.

  5. detroit2sd says: Nov 15, 2013 12:25 PM

    Why is this even on here? CJ is a monster he is going to destroy Steelers 2ndory! Wait what secondary?

  6. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 15, 2013 12:29 PM

    Jerry Rice shakes his head.

  7. bennyb82 says: Nov 15, 2013 12:35 PM

    Despite what any player says, former or current, if there is one receiver that a QB wants on his team it has to be Calvin Johnson. He is the only guy I have seen that can snatch a football with three guys surrounding him. Name another player that can do that…

  8. kremis says: Nov 15, 2013 12:41 PM

    Meanwhile the Steelers have once again returned to below mediocracy for the next decade or so

  9. journeyman36 says: Nov 15, 2013 12:48 PM

    From a Steeler fan: Damn

  10. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 15, 2013 12:53 PM

    kremis says:
    Nov 15, 2013 12:41 PM
    Meanwhile the Steelers have once again returned to below mediocracy for the next decade or so
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    We dominate your thoughts.

  11. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 15, 2013 1:01 PM

    I know the Lions would have beat the worthless, classless Packers if CJ had played in that game.

  12. dtownsportslions says: Nov 15, 2013 1:30 PM

    LETS GO

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 15, 2013 2:12 PM

    “Sweet!”

    – Ike Taylor

  14. bearshaterseverywhere says: Nov 15, 2013 4:23 PM

    kremis says:
    Nov 15, 2013 12:41 PM
    Meanwhile the Steelers have once again returned to below mediocracy for the next decade or so

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    You just summed up the entire existence of the Lion’s organization in the National Football League.

  15. winorlose6burgh says: Nov 15, 2013 9:18 PM

    I hope this clown is on the field Sunday so IF we win there’s no excuses

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