Calvin Johnson | WR | Detroit Lions
Posted: 1/7/2015 3:26pm et
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was named to the Pro Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 7, replacing Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson.
Huddle Up: Beckham should have received an invite to the Pro Bowl anyway; now he gets to go at the expense of Calvin Johnson, who has been banged up all season.
Posted: 1/3/2015 1:07am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is expected to be covered by Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr in the wild-card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 4. The last time the two faced off last year, Johnson had 14 catches for 329 yards and a touchdown. Carr was often left on an island against Johnson last year, when QB Matthew Stafford threw for 488 yards. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said the Cowboys will make Johnson more of a focal point in their game plan this time around. 'I think we're going to be able to maybe give (Carr) more help than we did,' Marinelli said. 'And I feel like Brandon is a terrific corner and he's up for this challenge, but as a staff we've got to find ways to help him.'
Huddle Up: Yeah, 14-329 definitely sounds deserving of more defensive attention, although Johnson has had a down season by his standards, catching 71 passes for 1,077 yards -- his worst totals in five seasons. Megatron, however, will likely need to have a big game if the Lions are to win their first postseason game since 1991.
Posted: 12/25/2014 9:11pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Johnson took his customary Wednesday off before returning Thursday, and there should be no issues come Sunday.
Posted: 12/22/2014 10:24am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) hauled in six receptions for a game-high 103 yards in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears, as he went over 1,000 yards receiving for the fifth straight season, and sixth time in eight NFL seasons. He left the game briefly due to an ankle issue, but was able to return.
Huddle Up: Johnson's ankle should be fine after Golden Tate was tackled into the back of his legs while blocking on a screen. He only missed a few plays. The Lions face the Packers in a nice Week 17 matchup for Johnson
Posted: 11/26/2014 4:17pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson hasn't been putting up big numbers this season, but he denies that he's starting to decline. He's on pace to finish with fewer than 1,000 yards receiving for the first time since 2009, but he continues to say that he's the same player he was when he set the single-season record for receiving yards two years ago. 'I think that the biggest thing you can kind of just take a look at is: Does he still run by people?' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'The answer to that would be yes. Is he still able to lay out, catch the ball and do things that he normally does? Yes. And I think that that's what matters.' Since returning from a sprained ankle, Johnson has also faced three of the league's top defenses.
Huddle Up: The defenses of the Bears and Bucs should be more to the liking of Megatron and the Lions' offense the next two weeks, but if the issues continue, it just might be the rule and not the exception.
Posted: 11/14/2014 12:13am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, Nov. 13.
Huddle Up: Megatron is looking good to go after taking a maintenance day off Wednesday.
Posted: 11/12/2014 4:13pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Huddle Up: Likely just a maintenance day for Megatron, who said he made it through last Sunday's no worse for wear following a month-long ankle-injury absence.
Posted: 11/5/2014 4:10pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he is close to 100 percent and expects to play in Week 10.
Huddle Up: Sweet music to the ears of Megatron owners who really haven't seen the WR fully healthy since Week 3.
Posted: 11/3/2014 7:57pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Nov. 3.
Huddle Up: Johnson was reportedly close to returning in Week 8, and the bye week should have given him the extra recovery time he needs. Monitor practice reports, though, for the rest of the week.
Posted: 10/29/2014 2:33pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he 'definitely expects to play' against the Miami Dolphins after the team's bye week. Johnson has missed the last three games due to a high right ankle sprain. WR Golden Tate has 24 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns in Johnson's absence.
Huddle Up: It's been a rough season for Megatron owners, but having a (hopefully) healthy stud WR for the fantasy stretch run and playoffs will help make up for it.
Posted: 10/24/2014 11:15pm et
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is unlikely to play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons in London, according to a source. The team has a bye in Week 9, and head coach Jim Caldwell is reportedly looking at the big picture.
Huddle Up: Megatron will likely be back after the Lions Week 10 bye. The good news for Johnson owners is Megatron's ankle should be fully healed when he returns in Week 11.
Posted: 10/24/2014 3:05pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will truly be a game-time decision against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8 in London. Johnson was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. "He did work yesterday. I thought he did a pretty good job, but we'll see where he is today," head coach Jim Caldwell said of Johnson before Friday's practice.
Huddle Up: It's still hard to envision him playing with a bye looming next week, but Megatron owners are going to need to set their alarms Saturday night to double check as the game kicks off at 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 PT. If he does play, he's definitely worth a fantasy start as Caldwell and the Lions have insisted he won't be on the field unless he's near full health and ready to fully contribute.
Posted: 10/23/2014 2:36pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) has been more encouraged about the progress of his high right ankle sprain this week, even though he's been limited in practices so far. 'Good. We're doing everything from straight-forward running to moving laterally as well,' Johnson said. 'Things are going good. We're moving in a positive direction.' However, Johnson said a decision on whether he'll play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons could come down to a game-time decision in London. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the decision will come down to doctors.
Huddle Up: Sounds like Megatron is improving, but it would still be a surprise if he plays Sunday with a bye awaiting next week.
Posted: 10/22/2014 10:24am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Johnson's status for this weekend remains uncertain, and it's likely a situation you'll have to track right up to the Lions' early Sunday morning kickoff. The recent track record suggests if Megatron doesn't practice he either doesn't play or doesn't play well; plan accordingly.
Posted: 10/21/2014 7:32pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will only return in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons if he's 100 percent healthy, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'It's not going to be a thing of degrees,' Caldwell said. 'When they say he's cleared, he's ready to go and he's feeling great, when they doctors say, OK, that's when it's going to happen. It's not going to be a whole lot of in between.' Johnson has missed six straight practices.
Huddle Up: Johnson is doing more and getting closer to returning, but the 100 percent threshold is going to be awfully tough to attain this week. Prepare to be without him again.
Posted: 10/21/2014 2:40pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he is back to running Tuesday, Oct. 21. Johnson sat out in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints and appears to be trying to return sooner rather than later.
Huddle Up: Megatron did make the flight to London, but it still makes a lot more sense for the Lions to hold the star WR out for another game and then take advantage of the bye in Week 9 to get him another week of rest. Stay tuned, though.
Posted: 10/20/2014 10:44am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) would not give any indication whether he would play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. After the Week 7 game Sunday, Oct. 19, he simply said, 'maybe' as he was asked about his playing status next week.
Huddle Up: Megatron was apparently not even close to playing this week; not playing in London next week, with the Lions on the bye Week 9, would give him almost a full month of recovery time.
Posted: 10/17/2014 2:13pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) didn't practice for the sixth straight day Friday, Oct. 17. Head coach Jim Caldwell isn't ruling him out for Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints, but did add it would take a "miracle" for him to play. Johnson said earlier this week that he sees no reason to rush back to the field until he's completely healthy.
Huddle Up: It's almost assuredly another Plan B week for Megatron owners, and, unfortunately, it's a drill they've become all too familiar with for nearly the last month now.
Posted: 10/15/2014 3:28pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said there is no point in rushing back to play until he is fully healed and ready to compete at a high level. Both he and head coach Jim Caldwell have been non-committal as to whether Johnson will play in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints. Johnson said there is still pain 'lingering there.' 'Not beating it up,' Johnson said. 'Not getting out there, rolling it again, it definitely helps you. More and more you can stay off that particular area, the faster it can heal.'
Huddle Up: While there's been no timetable set, Megatron owners need to be prepared to be without the WR until Week 10 as the Lions have 2 games, including a trip to London, before their Week 9 bye.
Posted: 10/13/2014 3:46pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) could miss the next two weeks after sitting out in Week 6, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. The team has a bye in Week 9. 'I do not hold a medical degree. It may appear I do from time to time to you maybe, but I don't,' Caldwell said. 'The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors. Those are the professionals. They know exactly what it takes. Johnson suffered a high right ankle sprain in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers, and he's missed nine of the last 11 full practices.
Huddle Up: Owners have to play the waiting game with Megatron but it looks as if he'll miss at least one more game. That's also bad news for Matthew Stafford owners, whose numbers took a hit on Sunday with Johnson sidelined.
Posted: 10/10/2014 4:13pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) skipped his third straight practice of the week Friday, Oct. 10, for the first time this year. Head coach Jim Caldwell said a decision on Johnson's status for Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings has not been determined, however. 'And also, you never know. There's a possibility. A couple weeks ago, I really didn't think he'd be available but the fact of the matter is he came out after doctors looked at him and said, hey, you know what, he can go,' Caldwell said.
Huddle Up: Johnson isn't likely to play, and he can hardly be trusted in fantasy matchups even if he does, given his last 2 games. Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles and Jeremy Ross all will see extra work if Megatron sits, but Golden Tate has been the huge beneficiary, totaling 19 targets, 15 receptions, 250 yards and a TD over the last 2 games.
Posted: 10/8/2014 1:55pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is dealing with a high ankle sprain but said he hopes to play in Week 6. He also said he's not frustrated that he has been being used as a decoy when on the field.
Huddle Up: Rest is probably the best medicine, and after what we've seen the last 2 games, it would be surprising to see Megatron active and playing Sunday.
Posted: 10/7/2014 4:09pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) has been frustrated that he has had to play at less than 100 percent on his bum ankle. 'Players always want to play. You know he is a gamer,' NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said. 'But he wants to make sure he gets this ankle healed for the long haul.' It sounds as though it's unlikely that Johnson will play in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: The Lions' bye isn't until Week 9 and a week or 2 of rest for Megatron is looking like the best option for all parties involved -- fantasy or reality -- given his meager production (3 catches-19 yards) while trying to play through the injury over the last 2 games.
Posted: 10/6/2014 12:31pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) could miss a week or two after he aggravated his ankle injury in Week 5 Sunday, Oct. 5.
Huddle Up: Megatron missing time would be a big blow to the Lions offense. Matthew Stafford's fantasy value will take a hit if Johnson is out of the lineup.
Posted: 10/5/2014 9:55pm et
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) re-injured his right ankle in the third quarter of the Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills while making his only catch of the contest. Johnson grabbed his lower right leg as he went down and did not return to the game. 'I won't be certain if it's a long-term issue, but he did take a pretty good whack right there on the side of his leg,' head coach Jim Caldwell said Sunday, Oct. 5. 'They looked at it, but they'll evaluated him further, probably tomorrow and get a good look at him.'
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners will have to hold their breath until Monday. If the Lions lose Megatron. Matthew Staford's fantasy value will take a hit as well.
Posted: 10/3/2014 1:14pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) could miss the team's Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills if he doesn't improve soon, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell was non-committal when asked if Johnson will play this weekend. Johnson missed practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Oct. 2, but returned to practice Friday, Oct. 3. He was targeted only twice last week and had two catches for just 12 yards. Johnson has 21 catches for 341 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Huddle Up: It's rough contemplating fantasy life without Megatron, but it looks like the WR's fantasy owners might have to do just that in Week 5. Check back Sunday morning to get the final word on Johnson's status, but even if he does play, a repeat of Week 4's disaster certainly isn't out of the question and fantasy GMs might have to make the tough call.
Posted: 10/2/2014 8:16pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) missed his fourth practice of the season Thursday, Oct. 2. He returned to practice last Friday and played in Week 4, but he was limited in what he could do.
Huddle Up: The news continues to be troubling for Megatron owners with the WR following the same pattern as last week leading up to his 2-catch, 12-yard outing Sunday when he was used as decoy more than anything. The conundrum is that Johnson needs to be started if he's playing, so see how the rest of the week plays out.
Posted: 10/1/2014 3:57pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he's feeling much better this week than he did at the same point last week.
Huddle Up: Megatron's fantasy owners certainly are hoping so after they were dealt a 2-12-0 dud on 2 targets this past Sunday against the Jets. Johnson has another favorable matchup this week against the Bills, who allow the 11th most points to opposing fantasy WRs.
Posted: 9/29/2014 10:17am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was used as a decoy for the most part in Week 4 Sunday, Sept. 28. He caught the only two passes he was targeted in for 12 yards and laughed when he was asked if he was close to 90 percent health. He rarely played on back-to-back plays in Sunday's game and had a noticeable limp.
Huddle Up: It's kind of early in the season for Johnson to be this banged up; moreover, if he's hobbled and willing to suit up as a "decoy" he's no longer a must-start just because he's active.
Posted: 9/27/2014 12:23am et
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) appears to be trending toward playing in the Week 4 game against the New York Jets after a limited practice Friday, Sept. 26. 'It was good to see him moving around a little bit,' quarterback Matthew Stafford said.
Huddle Up: Johnson is known to play through injuries, so chances are he'll be in the lineup Sunday. Megatron is always a WR1 any time he's on the field, even if he's not 100 percent.
Posted: 9/26/2014 2:06pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) returned to practice Friday, Sept. 26.
Huddle Up: No immediate word on how much he was able to do, but definitely a positive development after he missed the previous two practices. Stay tuned for further updates.
Posted: 9/25/2014 3:34pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Sept. 25.
Huddle Up: Red flag here as it's now back-to-back missed practices for the stud wideout, who typically sits out Wednesdays anyway. Definitely see how the situation looks after Friday's practice.
Posted: 9/8/2014 10:43pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson finished Monday night's game with 7 catches for 164 yards and 2 TDs, topping 100 receiving yards for the 40th game in his career. He is the third fastest in NFL history to 40 career 100-yard games (107 games).
Huddle Up: Yeah, Johnson delivered in a big way for those fantasy owners who went into Monday night's doubleheader needing a Megatron-sized night from fantasy's top-ranked WR. Johnson looked like he was clearly past last season's nagging health issues and both of his TD catches (67 & 16 yards) came in the opening 10 minutes of the game.
Posted: 9/3/2014 3:35pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (finger, knee) has practiced all week and said his body 'feels good' entering Week 1. He said he expects to practice regularly this season after missing a lot of practice time due to injuries in 2013. Johnson had finger and knee surgeries in the offseason.
Huddle Up: Fantasy's highest-drafted WR faces a challenge out of the gate Monday night vs. a Giants' secondary that allowed the fourth-fewest points to opposing wideouts last season.
Posted: 8/15/2014 9:38pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (finger) was inactive for the preseason game Friday, Aug. 15, against the Oakland Raiders. WR Kris Durham made the start in his absence.
Huddle Up: The Lions have been limiting Megatron while he deals with knee and finger issues. There's nothing for fantasy owners to worry about though. Johnson should be on the field next week with Detroit's starters when the Lions take on Jacksonville.
Posted: 8/13/2014 6:43pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (finger) has a fabricated splint to wear on his previously injured finger for protective purposes only. Johnson had surgery on the finger after last season, but it's unclear how often he plans to wear the splint. Johnson hasn't shown any ill efffects from his finger or knee in training camp, where he has consistently beaten the team's cornerbacks in practice.
Huddle Up: The overwhelming majority of owners certainly aren't concerned about any health issues with Megatron as he currently owns the top WR ADP -- and third highest of any player -- at 4.71.
Posted: 7/29/2014 11:47pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is taking part in fewer reps in training camp this year than in years past and said he is trying to be smarter about his approach to practice with the goal of staying healthy the entire season. 'I'm older now,' Johnson said. 'I'm not diving for the balls anymore (in practice). Coach Caldwell has a big emphasis about us staying off the ground. I'm not playing every play in practice but they're working me in. I'm out here trying to get my extra running in after (practice) so I can keep my wind up.'
Huddle Up: Megatron still will only be 29 in Sept., but is coming off a 2013 season in which he matched his career low for games played with 14 and had three-year lows in catches (84) and receiving yards (1,492).
Posted: 6/11/2014 12:46am et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is happy to be healthy and back on the practice field after injuries to his knee and finger prevented him from doing so late last season. 'It feels great to be out here playing with the guys,' Johnson said Tuesday, June 10. 'I missed a lot of practice time last year before games. You definitely feel like you need that practice time before a game, just to get on one accord with your quarterback.'
Huddle Up: A healthy Megatron will leave opposing secondary coaches feeling ill, especially now with the complementary weapons (WR Golden Tate, TE Eric Ebron) the Lions have added this offseason.
Posted: 5/15/2014 11:17pm et
Despite recent rumors of the Detroit Lions potentially trading WR Calvin Johnson, his contract makes that unrealistic. Trading Johnson would create $29 million is dead salary-cap space.
Huddle Up: Unlike the other Pro Bowl wideout named Johnson -- the Texans' Andre -- who could possibly land on the trading block, this seems far too far-fetched.
Posted: 4/28/2014 10:02pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) attended but did not take part in the Lions' three-day minicamp last week. He is recovering from surgery on his right knee and a finger on his left hand.
Huddle Up: No reason to tax Megatron at this juncture; just get him to the field in one piece on Sundays and it's all good.