Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/8/12
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- When Calvin Johnson drops a pass, the automatic reaction is: Whats wrong with Calvin? Johnson uncharacteristically dropped balls against Seattle two weeks ago and also the game before that against Chicago. The problem, it turns out, could go back to two big hits he took in Week 4 from Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway and safety Harrison Smith. I had some nerve damage that was kind of messing up my grip a little bit, Johnson said Thursday. Not to blame it on that, but ... I think maybe the concussion could have had something to do with some of that damage I had going on. Taking those hits, they were real violent. They definitely have a lot of lingering impact, whether it be your neck or your head. It can do a lot of stuff. Asked to elaborate on the nerve damage, Johnson described what is typically referred to as a stinger in football. Stuff shooting down your arm, stuff like that, Johnson said. Although the Lions say doctors determined that he did not suffer a concussion on the hit to his helmet by Greenway, Johnson has maintained that he did. Coach Jim Schwartz reiterated Thursday, He wasnt concussed. Johnson said the lingering nerve problems have improved. Johnson, also hampered lately by an injured left knee, bounced back to make seven receptions for 129 yards in last Sundays victory at Jacksonville. He didnt practice again Thursday because of the knee, but he expects to be ready for Sundays game at Minnesota. Definitely doing better than it was at this point last week, Johnson said. Thats a positive. Ive been doing a lot of stuff in the weight room, just to strengthen the muscles around (the knee), to get it so that its firing correctly and be as best as I can be on Sunday. I dont want to be out here not practicing. But at the same time, I do know what I need to do by Sunday. Experience helps with that. EXTRA POINTS Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was voted the leagues dirtiest player for the second straight year in a midseason player poll by the Sporting News. The irony: Suh has been called for one 5-yard penalty -- that for being offsides -- in eight games. ... Cornerback Chris Houston missed Thursday's practice because of flu-like symptoms.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Chris Paul ‘despises’ Doc Rivers, had issues with treatment of son Austin

Report: Jimmy Butler recruiting Kyle Lowry to the Timberwolves

WATCH: Tim Tebow didn't waste any time homering after promotion

Nolan Arenado throws out runner from seated position

NFL fans in Florida seem to like Tom Brady more than any of their three teams’ players

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mayweather-McGregor fight is reportedly seeking a $10 million title sponsor

Terry Francona wearing heart monitor in case of another 'episode'

Albert Almora denies flipping off President Donald Trump during White House visit

Blazers post hilarious tweets after acquiring cash from Rockets

Chip Kelly defends Kaepernick: He was not a distraction

Steve Smith faces suspension should he unretire

The 'You get a steal! You get a steal! Everybody gets a steal!' quiz

Rewriting the Hall of Fame rubric for today's pitchers

Top NBA free agents available

Box Score 6/28: New York loses its zen

Although you have seen this start before, this season is no sequel for the Dodgers

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

Who won Wimbledon the year you were born?

Box Score 6/27: Monday is for all sorts of ballers

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'You get a steal! You get a steal! Everybody gets a steal!' quiz

Rewriting the Hall of Fame rubric for today's pitchers

2017 is not another disappointing sequel for the Dodgers

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Ricky Davis takes unnecessary shots at Al Harrington

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'Power hitters are coming for that number one spot' quiz

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker