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Calvin Johnson expected to play this week

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The Lions will be using the third preseason game as a chance to get a final extended look at their starters before the start of the regular season and it looks like that group will include wide receiver Calvin Johnson for the first time this summer.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said on Monday that the team plans for Johnson to make his preseason debut on Friday against the Jaguars. The team has been taking things slow with Johnson after offseason knee and finger surgeries and Caldwell said that the plans could still change if the team feels “prudence” continues to be the best path to take.

“We plan to get him some work this week,” Caldwell said, via MLive.com. “That’s [Monday] that I’m telling you that. Toward the end of the week, something adjusts, or we have to adjust here and there, and it could be that with a number of different guys, but we plan to get him some work this week.”

Caldwell said that the team expects the first team to play into the second half, although there will be some exceptions. Johnson would likely be one of this exceptions, as would defensive end Ziggy Ansah if he suits up. Caldwell said Ansah’s status is still up in the air after coming off the PUP list last week.

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8 Responses to “Calvin Johnson expected to play this week”
  1. hyzers says: Aug 18, 2014 2:35 PM

    Stafford had a 142.9 QBR last week without Megatron. Lombardi’s offensive schemes, the amount of offensive firepower and the tightened defensive contact rules should put the Lions offense in the top 3 this year. Looks like a return to the playoffs for the Lions this year.

  2. mtheparrothead says: Aug 18, 2014 3:07 PM

    Love this matchup. Will give the jags secondary a true litmus as to how good they can be this week. Love the lions, but go jags!

  3. angrylionsfan says: Aug 18, 2014 3:10 PM

    Didn’t get to watch the Steelers game but I am definitely glad to hear that a CJ-less offense seemed to be productive. I’m hoping that Broyles stays healthy and displaces Durham or Ogletree and they should be in good shape for WR. I would also rather see Winn get retained over LeShore. Why he’s still on this team amazes me unless Lombardi pictures him being a Goal Line back.

  4. warhammer420 says: Aug 18, 2014 3:13 PM

    Lions offense is gonna be scary this year. The addition of Ebron, Tate, and a healthy Broyles… look out

  5. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 18, 2014 3:16 PM

    1991 since the Lions’ last playoff win. Six straight quick playoff exits. The Steelers have 17 playoff/Superbowl wins since then. Life is good at the top. Can you hear us down there?!

  6. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 18, 2014 3:26 PM

    Tebow beat the Steelers.

    Yeah, I’m ready for some regular season at this point, some real Lion’s football.

  7. kev86 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:28 PM

    Megatron should have another good year. He’s a beast.

  8. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 19, 2014 1:22 PM

    Lions offense is gonna be scary this year. The addition of Ebron, Tate, and a healthy Broyles… look out

    LOL. No one is scared of Tate or this Rookie big mouth that drops everything.

    Plus Reggie is going to lead the league in fumbles this year.

    Don’t Lions fans say this every year…..The only scary player on your team is Calvin.

    Suh, Stafford and Fat Fairley are ALL overrated.

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