Calvin Johnson | WR | Detroit Lions
Posted: 11/26/2013 5:14pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: Missing practices but still playing -- and playing to an All-Pro level -- in games has become SOP for Megatron all season, but with the fantasy matchups now taking on extra importance, be sure to check and double-check the WR's status if you have him on your squad.
Posted: 11/22/2013 2:49pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis said he plans on being physical with Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson in their Week 12 matchup. Revis has been playing more press coverage in recent weeks as his knee returns close to 100 percent health. The two faced each other in 2010 and Johnson was held to just one catch for 13 yards. 'My thought was always just to be physical with them,' said Revis. 'They're big guys. I feel no receiver wants to get jammed or pressed at the line, so just be physical with those guys and match what they bring to the table.'
Huddle Up: Sure, Revis presents a tough matchup and all that, but don't get too cute by even thinking of benching Megatron -- especially at this critical juncture in the season.
Posted: 11/21/2013 1:36pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) practiced Thursday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: Megatron was back after his usual Wednesday absence. He had a strong Week 11 with 6 grabs for 179 yards and 2 scores but should've been even better with Johnson not catching a pass the entire second half.
Posted: 11/15/2013 5:04pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) is fully expected to play in Week 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers after returning to practice Friday, Nov. 15.
Huddle Up: Johnson caused some minor alarm by missing both the team's Wednesday and Thursday workouts, but consider him ready to put up more points this weekend.
Posted: 11/5/2013 8:30pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) missed the team's practice Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Huddle Up: Should be no worries here as Megatron was given an extra day of rest with the Lions coming out of their bye week.
Posted: 10/24/2013 12:56pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) was participating in the portion of practice open to the media Thursday, Oct. 24.
Huddle Up: Johnson's missed game and mini-slump are in the rear-view mirror and receding quickly after his 9-155-2 TD performance in Week 7. He remains among the fantasy elite.
Posted: 10/17/2013 1:39pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) practiced Thursday, Oct. 17.
Huddle Up: Good to see Johnson out there for the 2nd straight day as it's more than he's been able to do the past few weeks. His fantasy owners now are hoping its a sign that the WR's 2-week lull in production is over.
Posted: 10/16/2013 2:56pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) is participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: Excellent news. Hopefully he will get a full complement of snaps this week. Monitor his status throughout the week.
Posted: 10/14/2013 3:49pm et
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said WR Calvin Johnson (knee) was dealing with some knee soreness after the team's Week 6 game and his status for Week 7 is uncertain at this point.
Huddle Up: This is good to hear after his limited action. Hopefully he continues to recover and gets back to a full complement of snaps sooner than later.
Posted: 10/14/2013 12:48am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) played a limited amount of snaps in the Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns, including just 14 plays in the first half with two dropped passes. However, he ended the day with eight targets, three receptions and 25 yards. 'We knew if we were only going to have him for a certain amount of snaps, we'd want those to be in the second half,' head coach Jim Schwartz said.
Huddle Up: It's good that he doesn't seem to have aggravated his injury. Hopefully we'll get a full complement of snaps out of Johnson the next time out.
Posted: 10/11/2013 3:23pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day Friday, Oct. 11, and he practiced without wearing a knee brace. However, he struggled with he had to cut in his routes and will be a game-time decision in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: Johnson owners will need to have a replacement ready to go. Even if Megatron does play he's going to be limited and shadowed by Joe Haden. There's a good chance Johnson misses his second straight game on Sunday.
Posted: 10/10/2013 8:52pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) took part in position drills in the portion of the practice open to the media Thursday, Oct. 10. Johnson, however, did not run routes or participate in skeleton drills.
Huddle Up: Afterward, Johnson told ESPN.com that he knee feels "good," but wouldn't elaborate about his Week 6 stats. "I'm feeling better," Johnson said. "I'll just leave it at that." Translation: That means another anxious weekend looks to be ahead of Johnson's fantasy owners after the wideout sat out Week 5.
Posted: 10/10/2013 11:53am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson still has swelling in his knee and is unlikely to practice this week. He'll be a game-time decision in Week 6.
Huddle Up: The Lions' offense looked lost without Megatron last week, not to mention how much fantasy owners missed having him in their lineups. Looks like they'll have to sweat it out again this week.
Posted: 10/9/2013 3:59pm et
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the team will not make a decision on WR Calvin Johnson's (knee) status until later in the week. Schwartz indicated Johnson could be a game-time decision.
Huddle Up: Hopefully Johnson can go, but at least you won't be taken by surprise this week. Keep another option ready to insert into your lineups.
Posted: 10/9/2013 1:32pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Huddle Up: Normally we wouldn't bat an eye at reports about Johnson not practicing, but he sat last week, surprising his fantasy owners in the worst way possible. Keep an eye on him this week.
Posted: 10/7/2013 4:32pm et
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the team won't use WR Calvin Johnson (knee) as a decoy if he plays in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns. 'If he's not healthy enough to play, we're certainly not going to put a player out there to decoy because he's still got to run routes,' Schwartz said. 'What he's going to do, line up and just put his hand up in the air?' Johnson was very close to suiting up in Week 5, but Schwartz was non-committal as to whether he'll play this weekend.
Huddle Up: This is good to hear from a fantasy perspective. That means that he should be a full go if he does play this week. He does draw Joe Haden, but Megatron is virtually matchup-proof when fully healthy.
Posted: 9/25/2013 6:00pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Huddle Up: Don't worry too much about this, we've been through this plenty before. There is no reason why he can't rest mid-week to keep his legs fresh.
Posted: 8/29/2013 7:00pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) will not participate in the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: Yeah, it might be a tad disconcerting to see fantasy's No. 1 WR sit out 3 of the 4 preseason contests, but he's answered the call with remarkable regularity during the season that counts, missing only 4 regular-season games in 6 NFL seasons.
Posted: 8/26/2013 10:53pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 26 due to knee soreness.
Huddle Up: The Lions insist it's just precautionary, but Megatron's fantasy owners are starting to get a little anxious with wideout also missing the past 2 preseason games. Don't worry, though, unless Johnson somehow gets a doubtful designation on the Week 1 injury report.
Posted: 8/23/2013 12:25am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) did not play in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: It's the second straight preseason game missed for Megatron, but it's all just precautionary and the wideout shouldn't be budging from the atop the WR list on your draft board.
Posted: 8/17/2013 9:05pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) was back at practice Saturday, Aug. 17. He is expected to make his preseason debut Thursday, Aug. 22, against the New England Patriots. He had been sidelined for the team's second preseason game due to a knee bruise.
Huddle Up: Johnson has been taking it easy because it's the preseason but his absence from the game is nothing for fantasy owners to worry about. Megatron is still the one receiver worthy of a first-round selection in all formats this year.
Posted: 8/15/2013 8:19pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) did not play in the team's second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Aug. 15, due to a bruised knee. Johnson caught three passes in the team's first preseason game last week. WR Patrick Edwards started in Johnson's place.
Huddle Up: Sounds more precautionary than anything, and if Johnson can come back and practice next week and/or play in the third preseason contest, consider him fully good to go.
Posted: 7/12/2013 2:13am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson believes that he can improve on last season's 1,964 receiving yards, according to QB Matthew Stafford, who appeared on NFL Network's 'NFL AM' on Thursday, July 11. 'That guy works harder than anybody I know. ...' said Stafford. He broke former WR Jerry Rice's single-season record while playing with broken fingers. Stafford acknowledged that the Lions must become more balanced in order to be successful as a team, however.
Huddle Up: The yardage record was a once-in-a-career season, but Megatron should definitely find his way to more TD catches, though, after dropping from 16 in 2011 to a shocking 5 in 2012.
Posted: 5/20/2013 1:24pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson confirmed he played with broken fingers last season. He has been trying to straighten them out this offseason, but didn't have surgery.
Huddle Up: Scary to think what Megatron might accomplish this season with a pair of healthy hands.
Posted: 3/19/2013 1:19am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson agreed to restructure his contract, which has created nearly $3.5 million in salary cap space for the team. The team decreased Johnson's 2013 base salary from $5 million to $715,000 and converted the remaining $4.285 million into a signing bonus.
Huddle Up: Megatron can't do it alone in Detroit, so reworking his deal to free up cap space makes sense. Now let's see what the Lions do with the extra money.
Posted: 3/3/2013 1:52pm et
Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks said he is confident he can cover any wide receiver in the NFL, even Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson. 'I think I can play against anybody. I can own anybody,' Banks said. 'I think I can cover Megatron.' Banks added he believes SEC schools can compete with NFL teams, so his college experience has him ready for the pro game.
Huddle Up: Megatron has rolled up a league-high 3,645 receiving yards over the past 2 seasons -- going against proven NFL CBs -- and ranks second with 21 TD grabs. Best of luck, kid.
Posted: 2/21/2013 1:27pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson played with at least two broken fingers most of the season and has been seen around the area with his hand wrapped. Head coach Jim Schwartz would not confirm the report, but he did not necessarily deny it, either. 'I am not going to comment on any of our players' health,' Schwartz said. 'But that's not uncommon for a wide receiver.'
Huddle Up: If true, this only adds to legend of Megatron who has paced NFL fantasy wideouts in each of the past 2 seasons.
Posted: 12/31/2012 1:28am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson caught 5 passes for 72 yards in Sunday's Week 17 game and finished with an NFL single-season record 1,964 receiving yards -- 36 shy of the league's first 2,000-yard receiving season.
Huddle Up: The Bears had about the only antidote for Megatron, holding him to a combined 8 receptions for 106 yards in sweeping the season series. Johnson, however, shattered the Madden cover jinx and delivered more than a few of his fantasy owners to the championship round, even though he finished with only 5 TDs among his 122 receptions.
Posted: 12/27/2012 7:01pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee, ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: They may be garbage yards for a struggling team, but fantasy owners are reaping the rewards as Johnson takes aim at an NFL milestone: 2,000 receiving yards in a season.
Posted: 12/26/2012 5:03pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee, ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: This is routine for Johnson, who has 2,000 yards in his sights after passing Jerry Rice for the all-time record in a single season last week. Unless he misses practice on Friday, don't sweat it.
Posted: 12/23/2012 12:10am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson caught 11 passes for 225 yards Saturday night in the Week 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons, and, in the process, broke Jerry Rice's 17-year-old NFL record of 1,848 receiving yards in a season. Johnson broke the mark on a fourth-quarter catch and now has 1,892 yards on the season with a game left to go. Johnson also eclipsed 100 receiving yards for the eighth consecutive game to set another NFL record.
Huddle Up: Johnson continues to be a fantasy owner's dream, racking up catches and yards and chasing down NFL history as the Lions continue to lose, dropping their seventh straight game Saturday night. The 225-yard outing on 16 targets was the 2nd-highest single-game total in Megatron's career, and he's had a jaw-dropping 76 catches for 1,254 yards and 4 TDs over the Lions' past 8 games -- again with 7 of those being losses.
Posted: 12/18/2012 9:43pm et
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the Arizona Cardinals used double coverage on WR Calvin Johnson on almost every play and had several defenders on him at the line of scrimmage on several occasions. 'Early in the season, we were facing defenses that were more prevent-type defenses, where they were just trying to prevent a big play,' Schwartz said. '(They) had respect for a lot of other players. This game, they took the approach of saying, 'If Calvin can't make the play, then we're going to challenge all the rest of the guys.'' WRs Nate Burleson (knee), Ryan Broyles (knee) and Titus Young and TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) all were not active last week. WRs Kris Durham and Brian Robiskie and TEs Tony Scheffler and Will Heller had a combined seven catches for only 77 yards. The Atlanta Falcons are expected to employ similar tactics as the Cardinals in order to try to take Johnson out of the game in Week 16. Johnson still managed 10 catches for 121 yards against Arizona.
Huddle Up: Pettigrew will try to return this week after missing the past game and a half, but his status remains up in the air. As for the rest, Scheffler has the most experience in the offense, but he hasn't done much over the past 2 weeks, catching a combined 6 passes for 56 yards and a TD over the past 2 games.