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“Hobbling around” Calvin Johnson needs surgery

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Lions coach Jim Schwartz didn’t talk about injuries much all year, but when his season was over, he admitted that his most significant player was dealing with one that would require surgery.

Schwartz told reporters that Johnson would “probably” require surgery to fix the knee problem that has bothered him since September.

“Not anything major,” Schwartz said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “And that’s no different than probably a dozen players on the team.”

But Johnson is very different, and his deteriorating physical condition is one of the reasons the Lions slid into December, blowing an open door to the division title by losing their fourth straight game.

Johnson was inactive Sunday, saying he wasn’t able to contribute.

“I always try to get out there [and play], but it wouldn’t do any good to go out there hobbling around,” Johnson said.

He finished the year with 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those stats are other-worldly numbers for most, but after Megatron broke Jerry Rice’s league record with 1,964 yards last year, it was obvious something was amiss.

Now he can get it fixed, so Schwartz or whoever is coaching the Lions next year can enjoy it.

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8 Responses to ““Hobbling around” Calvin Johnson needs surgery”
  1. hscorpio says: Dec 30, 2013 8:25 AM

    It does my heart good to see Jim Schwartz continuing to discuss his Lions team. I hope he continues as their HC for a good long time.

  2. elliottcovert says: Dec 30, 2013 8:30 AM

    Given that he made the Probowl and put up first team All-Pro numbers, I was unaware that anything was wrong with him.

  3. yevrag3535 says: Dec 30, 2013 8:47 AM

    Over rated team, sorry for this guy.

  4. annes22 says: Dec 30, 2013 9:00 AM

    Too bad for Megatron and Reggie Bush this year. They both played well, and got nothing for it. The QB is over rated, and the Coach needs to go.

  5. shjmmy says: Dec 30, 2013 9:40 AM

    Respect for Megatron. One of the biggest class acts of the league. Doesn’t run off the field crying when his team loses a game they should have had. Doesn’t point fingers or complain of ailments contributing to lower numbers and production. Guy quietly does his job (and more) with pain week-in and week-out.

  6. lionclowns says: Dec 30, 2013 12:20 PM

    Ding dong the Schwartz is gone!!!! Mr. Ken Wisenhunt?

  7. Bronco$32&33 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:08 PM

    Wow this guy put up those stats up while he’s had a knee problem since September. This guy could eclipse jerry rice.

  8. quickstrong says: Dec 30, 2013 2:18 PM

    Can we all say MEGA FAIL???

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