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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lions Injury Update: Calvin Johnson limited at practice

By on 10/23/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Detroit Lions are awaiting the return of star-studded wide receiver Calvin Johnson. He's been out the past two weeks with an ankle injury, but the injury seems to be progressing well recently.

Johnson returned to practice Wednesday for the first time in two weeks. His participation was "limited" during the session, but still, it is a great sign in his recovery to see him back practicing. There will definitely be caution with Johnson's return, as he has already re-aggravated the injury once (originally injured ankle in week 3 vs. Green Bay), which was back in week 5 vs. Buffalo.

The Lions are facing a bye week after they play the Falcons in London this week. If they sit Johnson, it will assure them that he will be 100 percent or extremely close to it after their bye week. Obviously, if the training staff declares him ready to go and he feels ready to go, then it is game on. But with the Lions on the cusp of grasping their first division title since 1993, it would be wise to not jeopardize Johnson further injuring himself.

A positive of Johnson's absence: Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate have been given the time to build chemistry and familiarity between one another, and the stats back it up. If you count the last three games (Johnson was a non-factor vs. Buffalo), Tate has 24 receptions for 332 yards and two touchdowns.

Watch out NFC, these Lions are for real this year, and just wait until they get a healthy Megatron back.

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