ALLEN PARK, Mich. When healthy, Calvin Johnson rarely misses a play.
It was a little different story Sunday in Cleveland. Because of an ailing right knee, Johnson was limited to 38 of the teams 74 offensive plays or 51.4 percent of the time.
Over the first three weeks, before the knee became such an issue, he played in all but three of the 205 plays.
This time, the Lions had to pick and choose their spots to use him. Johnson ended up with three receptions for 25 yards in a 31-17 victory.
It was encouraging that he was able to get on the field for us, coach Jim Schwartz said Monday at his weekly news conference. Even though he didnt make a lot of plays he affected the game.
He made a couple big first-down catches. They interfered with him on the one play down in the red zone because he was in position to make a potential touchdown catch. He also affected the coverage and opened up some other guys.
Schwartz wouldnt comment on how Johnsons knee, which forced him to sit out the...