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WEEK IN REVIEW: No news is good news -- Calvin Johnson "probable" for Sunday

Posted Oct 19, 2013

In a low-key week for the Lions, WR Calvin Johnson practiced all three days and is listed as "probable" on the team's injury report

What a difference a week makes if you're a Lions fan.

Heading into last week's road tilt at Cleveland, WR Calvin Johnson was questionable with a knee injury, having practiced in limited fashion all week.

He went on to play just 38 snaps in spot play against the Browns, never really looking like himself. He had three catches for 25 yards and five drops.

"I definitely wasn't 100-percent last week and being in and out of the game you really don't get into a groove," said Johnson in his weekly blog on detroitlions.com.

"You want to be hot by staying in the game, but it's just hot and cold when you go in and out of the game. It's a good thing we got the 'W' and it felt good to get out there and get some reps in just to see where my body was at."

He seems to be much better than where he was a week ago, listed as "probable" on the team's injury report. Johnson practiced all three days for the first time since suffering the knee injury Week 4 vs. Chicago.

Tim Twentyman also noted earlier in the week that Johnson looked significantly more mobile.

"He ran routes and went through drills in the portion of practice open to the media and looked the most comfortable he has since injuring his right knee," said Twentyman on Thursday.

This is certainly good news for the Lions, who are looking to improve to 5-2 on the season and 3-0 at home with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

MORE NEWS AND NOTES SURROUNDING THIS WEEK's MATCH-UP:

OFF THE FIELD NEWS:

  • The Lions announced a partnership with the Josephine Ford Cancer Institute with the goal of raising $15 million over the next three years. Former Lions' WR Herman Moore is the face of the initiative -- "Game On Cancer" -- which will be promoted heavily during Sunday's game.
  • Nate Burleson is also taking part in the initiative, giving proceeds from his Lionblood clothing line ("Breast Aroarness") to "Game On Cancer".
  • One piece of controvertial news that caught fire this week was the $31,500 fine handed out to Ndamukong Suh for a hit on Cleveland QB Brandon Weeden.
  • "What I don’t like about the fine is one, the official that saw it in real time didn’t flag Suh on the play. Slow any hit down and it’ll usually look worse," said Tim Twentyman in his weekly 10 Questions feature. "Two, the helmet wasn’t the violent part of the hit. The shove with his left arm was."

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