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BREAKING: Calvin Johnson active today in Cleveland and will start

Posted Oct 13, 2013

After going through a comprehensive pre-game workout, Johnson determined that his sore right knee was good enough to play on

Megatron is a go.

Receiver Calvin Johnson is active for today’s game in Cleveland and will start.

After going through a comprehensive pre-game workout that included ladder drills, cutting and running routes (something he didn't do last week), Johnson determined that his sore right knee was good enough to play on.

Johnson missed last week’s game in Green Bay, a 22-9 loss, as the offense struggled to find its rhythm.

Johnson leads the Lions in scoring with four touchdowns and his presence on the field has an impact on the way defenses play them. Without him in the lineup the Packers concentrated on stopping Reggie Bush and the run game and were effective doing so.

"He’s a difference-maker," Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said in a conference call this week. "He’s a great player and he’s the best at his position in the league. "He’s a guy to contend with. We’re expecting him and planning on him being there and we’ll do everything we can to try to contend with him."

The offense will be without starting receiver Nate Burleson (forearm), tackle Jason Fox and tight end Tony Scheffler (concussion). All three players are inactive.

Corey Hilliard will get the start at right tackle for Fox and rookie tight end Joseph Fauria should have a bigger impact role in place of Scheffler.

Reserve running back Theo Riddick is also inactive after suffering a concussion last week.

Rounding out the list of inactive players for the Lions are: quarterback Kellen Moore, guard Leroy Harris and cornerback Jonte Green.