What a difference a week makes if you're a Lions fan.
Heading into last week's road tilt at Cleveland, WR
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:
- Other game designations of note:
Nate Burleson(forearm) and Tony Scheffler(concussion) are out; T Jason Fox(knee) is doubtful; RB Joique Bell(ribs) and RB Theo Riddick(concussion) are questionable; Johnson, S Louis Delmas(knee), Rashean Mathis(groin) and Ashlee Palmer(ankle) are probable.
- Burleson has been out the past three weeks after breaking his four arm in a vehicle accident the day after the Lions' Week 3 win at Washington. He spoke with the media earlier this week to offer a progress report on the injury.
- Let's take a look at the weekly prediction of Mike O'Hara in his Friday Focus. At Green Bay he picked the Lions ... the Packers won. At Cleveland he picked the Browns ... the Lions won. This week he picked the Lions. Here's hoping he breaks his current streak and hits it right on the nose.
- With a 4-2 record heading into back-to-back home games, the Lions have a great opportunity to enter their Week 9 bye well over .500. RB
Reggie Bushlikes his team's chances, saying in his weekly blog that he feels the Lions have been battle-tested multiple times already this season and overcome adversity.
- One connection within this weekend's matchup between the Lions and Bengals is between QB
Matthew Staffordand Cincinnati DT Geno Atkins. The two played together at Georgia. Atkins, drafted in 2011, took a very different path to the NFL than Lions DT Ndamukong Suh, who was drafted that same year.
- 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."