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Calvin Johnson not present at practice on Thursday


As the Lions began their penultimate practice of the season, their top wide receiver was not among the on-field participants.

Calvin Johnson, who’s dealt with a knee injury for much of the season, was not seen at practice early on Thursday, Tim Twentyman of reported.

Johnson also missed practice on Wednesday.

In spite of the injury, Johnson has played to his high standard this season, catching 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. The question now is whether he’ll suit up for the Lions’ season finale at Minnesota with Detroit eliminated from postseason contention.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz indicated Wednesday that Johnson could be a game-time decision, Twentyman said.

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12 Responses to “Calvin Johnson not present at practice on Thursday”
  1. otissistrunk says: Dec 26, 2013 2:07 PM


  2. schmokes says: Dec 26, 2013 2:08 PM

    Mailing it in.

  3. tvjules says: Dec 26, 2013 2:09 PM

    Don’t risk it Mega, and sit it out. This game means nothing, except that it’s the last time you’ll see Schwartz wearing Lions gear.

  4. richiebburg says: Dec 26, 2013 2:16 PM


  5. thelionsrgreat says: Dec 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    Calvin should demand a trade from this joke of a franchise. schwartz should have been fired Monday. And until ownership comes to understand that fantasy football stats don’t win games Matt will never amount to anything but a stats guy. Fix his mechanics for Pete’s sake.

  6. jjg8505 says: Dec 26, 2013 2:30 PM

    Man I hate Jim Swartz undoubtedly the WORST coach in the nfl. I know this column is about megatron but I had to throw that in there. I’d love nothing more than for Jim to b watching at home nxt year. GO TO HELL JIM!!!!!!!!

  7. purpleguy says: Dec 26, 2013 2:50 PM

    I think Sunday’s game will be called the “Head Coaching Lame Duck Bowl”.

  8. cutlersmangina says: Dec 26, 2013 3:05 PM

    A nagging injury that hasn’t had a chance to heal properly all season. Let him sit this one out, there is nothing to gain by having him out there.

  9. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 26, 2013 4:34 PM

    Seriously…play your practice squad. You’ll still roll the Vikings by five TDs.


  10. gb4mn0 says: Dec 26, 2013 5:15 PM

    What! How could any player let slip the chance to play in the final game to be played in the metrodump? It’s destined to be a weekly rerun on espn classic for the next 50 years.

    It’s a toss up for me if I want the vikes to win or lose. If they win they worsen their draft pick and losing the final game ever played in the metrodump would be another historical laughable blemish which makes up the bulk of their history.

  11. jrod2go says: Dec 26, 2013 5:21 PM

    If he plays Schwartz should be fired, rehired and then fired even harder.

  12. warhammer420 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:14 AM

    Shut Megatron and all the starters down. Let the back ups get a lil bit of experience. Get our loss and hopefully improve our draft position. Fire Schwartz. Get new coach.

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