So much for the Madden curse.
A day after superstitious football fans proclaimed that Lions receiver Calvin Johnson missing practice with a foot injury constitutes conclusive evidence that the presence of his picture on the plastic box that contains a small disc means he is destined for disaster, Johnson returned to action.
According to Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, the man known as Megatron fully participated in practice.
“My foot’s good, you know,” Johnson said Thursday. “Just wanted to give it a day to rest yesterday so that I could get out here and stress it today. You want to stress it on a day like today because it’s a big run day for us so you can see how it would respond in a game.”
The Lions also got good news via the fact that cornerback Chris Houston (ankle) participated on a limited basis for the second straight day.
Missing practice on Thursday were safety Louis Delmas (knee), cornerback Bill Bentley (concussion), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (calf), and linebacker Travis Lewis (quad).
With a banged-up defense, it could be a long night for the Lions on Sunday in San Francisco.