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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lions Injury Update: Calvin Johnson expects ankle to improve this week

By on 9/30/2014 12:28:00 PM

Calvin Johnson was limited on Sunday against the New York Jets to say the least. He had been listed as questionable to play Sunday due to the fact he had suffered an ankle injury the previous week against the Green Bay Packers. The wide receiver was hardly used against the Jets, which is rare for the Lions' offense, reports Michael Rothstein of

Johnson was only targeted twice and caught both passes for a total of 12 yards. He visibly did not have his big play ability or quickness during the game. The star receiver was walking with a limp after the game.

"Went out there. It was tough, but I figured from moving around (on Saturday) that I'd be able to get on the field a little bit," Johnson said. "It's good to be out there with the fellas. It sucks to be on the sideline and not be able to play at all. It sucks to have injuries, too, but that's just part of the game."

Johnson said he improved last week to get to the point he was at on Sunday. The receiver is expecting more improvement throughout this week.

"Things have gotten better all week, " Johnson said. "It was a struggle at first, and as the week progressed, it got better and better and expect the same thing this week."

The 3-1 Lions host the 2-2 Buffalo Bills this week. The Bills' pass defense is ranked 25th in the NFL, allowing 266 yards a game. The Lions' pass offense could have a field day, especially if Johnson is in better shape than he was against the Jets. That would make the Lions and fantasy football owners very happy. My take is that Johnson is such a competitor that he would have to suffer a major set back not to play against the Bills this Sunday.

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