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Calvin Johnson sits out practice Friday

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If Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson plays in the season finale at Minnesota, it will be without having practiced this week.

Johnson (knee) sat out the Lions’ Friday workout, Tim Twentyman of reported today.

The 28-year-old Johnson is gaining 17.8 yards per catch, a career-high. Overall, he’s hauled in 84 catches for 1,492 yards and 14 touchdowns, and this despite dealing with the knee ailment for the bulk of the season. He’s a virtual slam dunk to be selected to the Pro Bowl on Friday night.

The Lions (7-8) are eliminated from playoff contention.

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15 Responses to “Calvin Johnson sits out practice Friday”
  1. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 27, 2013 1:17 PM

    Calvin is going down the same path as Barry Sanders. Playing at a hall of fame level for a below average franchise. I wouldn’t blame him if he wanted to be traded from the Lions. Sure, he puts up great numbers, but in the end it’s for a team that never will contend. There are some franchises in the NFL (Detroit, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland) that never seem to turn the corner and contend for anything but a top 5 pick.

  2. hscorpio says: Dec 27, 2013 1:18 PM

    I hope he plays and the Lions win.

    And an 8-8 record buys Jim Schwartz one more year.

  3. schmokes says: Dec 27, 2013 1:21 PM

    Mailing it in.

  4. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 27, 2013 1:23 PM

    Best player from each team likely out.

    Both teams eliminated from playoffs.

    The real game starts at the final whistle to see which coach is asked for his keys first.

  5. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:27 PM

    Take the weekend off.
    – Signed. Viking fans.

    He could play with a boot on his leg and still beat Chris Cook in single coverage.

  6. matt2calvin says: Dec 27, 2013 1:31 PM

    At least let him get 8 yards to hit 1500 for the season. After that, we will forgive the coach for pulling him for the rest of the game…

    I will consider that the coach’s parting gift.

  7. aldante66 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:33 PM

    Calvin has issues. All of a sudden he can’t catch a pass. That’s mental. maybe its time for him to move on. The Lions are not going anywhere soon. This was the year of hope and change and it did not happen.
    Calvin see’s his career slipping away never able to reach those lofty playoff goals of other great receivers. Alas, mourning and in despair, never more……………….

  8. richiebburg says: Dec 27, 2013 1:34 PM

    dudes knees are made of glass

  9. lionhunter909 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:36 PM

    Sit him on Sunday, Its a no brainer. If Schwartz
    tries to play him just to give the Lions a better chance to win and thus make Schwartz look better that is unacceptable. Absolutely no reason for CJ to play and risk a worse injury. If Schwarz isn’t fired after this season then Lions fans should revolt and boycott this team.

  10. stevet321 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:56 PM


    No playoff effects for either team…

    Last game of the (again, losing) season…

    Its an expo/pre-next season/i-want-make the 53-next-year…game

    Conclusion…Let the B and C squads go at it!

    At least it might be entertaining.

  11. stevet321 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:59 PM

    And maybe get some stage time for potential trades to fill holes missed by making sucky draft choices..

  12. rickyspanish says: Dec 27, 2013 2:32 PM

    How does he put those numbers up quietly? The guy is amazing.

  13. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 27, 2013 2:52 PM

    An injured Calvin Johnson is still better than the best receiver on your team.

    Let that sink in.

  14. scumpidude says: Dec 27, 2013 3:51 PM

    Man, I wish he was on my team.

  15. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 27, 2013 4:00 PM

    The Vikings are a horrible football franchise.

    Last place losers.

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