Lions WR Calvin Johnson is clearly the best receiver in the NFL, a fact that was cemented in stone when he broke Jerry Rice’s record for most receiving yards in a single season by hauling in 1,964 yards last year, but that record seems all the more impressive when you find out that Megatron played the majority of the season with at least two, maybe even three, broken fingers.
Let that sink in for a second—Johnson came within 36 yards of a 2,000 yard receiving season and broke the single season receiving yardage record with a couple of busted digits.
Like most players in the NFL the mercurial receiver was dinged up a lot last season (knee, ankle, possible concussion) but managed to play through his injuries. The broken fingers story, if true, is amazing considering wide receivers’ bread and butter is their hands. When asked about it at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was his usual cagey self, neither confirming nor denying the report.
From The Detroit News…
“I am not going to comment on any of our players’ health,” he said. “But that’s not uncommon for a wide receiver.”
“We don’t have any injury reports this time of year,” Schwartz said. “And you know how I am about injuries.”
Not surprisingly, despite being spotted around town sporting a hand wrap Megatron is expected to be ready for OTAs and training camp. Imagine how many receiving yards he could rack up with a) zero broken fingers, and b) a better receiver than Titus Young lining up beside him. I’d say 3,000 yards might be a little crazy, but seeing that he nearly got 2,000 with busted digits, and he’s more machine than man at this point, maybe that’s not so crazy a prediction after all.
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