The Detroit Lions once again held wide receiver Calvin
Johnson out as they took on the New England Patriots last night in their third
preseason game. Johnson continues to be hampered by a bruised knee, but the
Lions haven’t indicated that the ailment will keep the All-Pro from taking the
field Week 1.
Earlier this week, head coach Jim Schwartz suggested that
Johnson would be ready to play for the team’s third preseason game. While Johnson
was able to participate in dynamic speed drills during warm-ups last night,
Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that it appeared the wide out pulled up at one
point. After that, Johnson was stretched and spoke with quarterback Matthew
Stafford. He then indicated to reporters that he wasn’t playing.
Calvin seem to pullup a tad on 1 of his routes in w/u. Got stretched after. Stafford came over. I asked if he's playing, shook his head no.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 22, 2013
Detroit continues to call Johnson’s absence very
precautionary, and if it were the regular season you’d have to assume he’d be
suiting up. It doesn’t seem like the knee bruise should hamper Johnson into the
regular season, even if the Lions elect to hold him out of their final
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