Lions WR Calvin Johnson Misses Second Day Of Practice With Knee Injury

According the their official website, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson missed a second straight practice Thursday with some sort of knee injury.

Johnson, who has been given Wednesday as a maintenance day several times so far this season, has now missed the two most important practices of the week and he apparently wasn’t on the field at all for portion of Thursday’s practice that the media is allowed to observe.

According to Tim Twentyman on Twitter, Johnson said he’s dealing with some “maintenance issues” but plans to play Sunday.

The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Lions in 2009, Johnson was forced from the game with a knee injury after playing just 13 plays. Prior to exiting, he had caught just one pass for two yards.

In addition to Johnson being banged up, fellow wide receiver Nate Burleson is not expected to make his return to the field this Sunday despite being cleared for contact.

  • Don’t get your hopes up

  • Jason

    I’d be much more excited if the title was “Suh and Fairley doubtful for Sunday.”

  • dkoy85

    I’d be much more excited if we beat them while they are 100% healthy. We have a lot to prove with this game and beating them with all their pieces in place will make this team stronger, more confident in themselves and more cohesive. Let’s go Ike and the front 7!

  • HopalongCassidy

    Steelers have no answer for Johnson unless they cover him with 3 defenders and then he’d probably out-jump them for the ball. All they can do is hold him to perhaps a 100 yards or so.

  • afrazier9

    I fill the same way we can do this , and we have big chips on are sholder. I think this will be a statement game and let the rest of the league no we aint bsing no more GO STEELERS

  • Shannon Stephenson

    But I want too!!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    You may call it dirty football but if he plays chop him at the knees. Go for his weakness

  • Virdin Barzey

    I’m more concerned about Megatron and Big Ben. Megatron because he is unstoppable if he gets going. Those other two guys are not. Yes, our o-line stinks but that leads me to Big Ben.

    I like Ben but lets get real, he’s not the smartest guy. Maybe that’s why things for him is like the Rosetta Stone. Most great QBs know that if the other team has a strong pass rush, you can’t hold onto the ball and need to get rid of it quickly. Not Benji…even after fumbling and getting sack repeatedly.

    Most QBs that want to play long in this league realizes that hits take a toll but Benji must not be keeping up with the livelihood of ex-players. I never have and never will question his toughness, however, if he doesn’t get it quickly, he will be dead before he’s smart.

  • CrazyTerry

    I like Ben’s improvs. But yes, he has to adjust to his O Line’s problems and make it easy on them and learn to play both ways – his usual style and when it is needed a quick release style ala Brady where it’s not just about a quick release but an ability to recognize presnap formations.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Ya know i’m a fan of good clean football, but at times like this there is only one thing to do. GO FOR THE KNEES!!!

  • Kevin Gobleck

    not necessarily chop him there, but tackle him there and get them aggravated

  • gene mann

    could this be a dream come through

  • gene mann

    too bad we see Whimper so that means ben see alot of SUH and Farliey

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I guess the word “chop” is too strong….tackle him at the knees is better. 🙂

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Not sure if that makes him dumb. I think he believes he can make big plays and get out of sacks, ect but the honest truth is he is taking a beating. Too much bulldog not enough poodle.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Ben is not dumb but he isn’t getting smarter either. He’s not getting it when it comes to growing at his craft as he gets older.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Blind to his own plight, yes

  • Virdin Barzey

    “It’s not in my DNA, my mindset to quit on a play,” he said. “If
    something’s not there, I’ve seen quarterbacks throw it away, go down,
    (and) sometimes that’s a smart thing. For me, there’s also some big
    plays to be had, and the competitor in me just can’t give up all the
    time.” Big Ben