Banged-up Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson says his knee is feeling better than it did this time last week.
Johnson toughed out Detroit's 31-14 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday, catching seven passes for 129 yards after getting a pain-killing shot in his left knee. The All-Pro receiver is on pace to post similar numbers to last season in catches and yards - although he has only one touchdown reception this season.
Detroit plays at Minnesota this weekend. In their Sept. 30 matchup, Johnson was hit in the head and neck area by Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway. He was also hit in the end zone in that game, failing to hold on to a potential touchdown.
Johnson says he had some ''nerve damage'' after that game but is feeling OK now.