For the first time since 2010, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson will not lead the league in receiving yards this season.
Johnson, who led the league in receiving yards in 2011 and 2012 and is second this season, is inactive for today’s game. Johnson’s quest to join Don Hutson and Jerry Rice as the only players in NFL history to lead the league three straight years has come to an end.
Browns receiver Josh Gordon will almost certainly end up as the leader in receiving yards for the 2013 season. Gordon currently leads the league with 1,564 yards. Johnson, at 1,492 yards, would have been the a the only player with a good shot at catching Gordon. Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (1,412 yards) and Bengals receiver A.J. Green (1,365 yards) would both need huge games (and need Gordon to do next to nothing today) to pass Gordon’s total.
Johnson has been dealing with a knee injury all season, and with the Lions mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the team has decided to shut Johnson down.