NOTEBOOK: Broyles might have ruptured Achilles; Johnson vs. Bryant and Reggie Bush's impact

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Tim Twentyman on injuries, Calvin Johnson vs. Dez Bryant and Reggie Bush's impact in the Lions' 31-30 win over Dallas

Sunday turned into a battle of attrition for the Lions and Cowboys.

Both medical and training staffs had a busy game as both team’s depth chart was severely tested in the Lions’ 31-30 victory.

On the Lions side, it doesn’t look like good news for receiver Ryan Broyles.

Broyles left the game with an apparent Achilles tendon injury in the third quarter after diving out of the way of a punt.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after the game that the early diagnosis was a ruptured Achilles.

If that’s the case, it would end the second-year receivers' season prematurely for a second-straight season.

Last year, he suffered an ACL tear in early December. It was his second knee injury in as many years after suffering an ACL tear to his other knee as a senior at Oklahoma.

It’s a devastating prognosis for a player who simply can’t get past the injuries early in his career.

The good news for the Lions is receiver Nate Burleson is expected to be back after the bye week and will help stem the loss of Broyles.

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah suffered a left ankle injury and did not finish the game. Neither did cornerback Bill Bentley, who appeared to injure his left knee.

The bye couldn’t come at a better time for those players.


While Calvin Johnson was on his way to one of the greatest performances by a receiver in NFL history on Sunday, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was seen on the sideline frustrated and lashing out at teammates.

Late in the game it was tight end Jason Witten. Veteran linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who was inactive, was shown on camera stepping in and grabbing Bryant by the collar to halt the argument.

Earlier in the game, Bryant was seen screaming at wide receivers coach Derek Dooley and quarterback Tony Romo.

There were a lot of comparisons between Bryant and Johnson this week. And while Bryant had a good game in his own right, with two touchdowns and 72 receiving yards, Calvin Johnson he is not. Both on the field and on the sideline.


Johnson and running back Reggie Bush accounted for 451 of the Lions 628 total yards.

Bush had 92 rushing and 30 receiving, marking his fourth game this season with at least 122 total yards. He entered the game as the only player in the NFC to have at least 400 rushing yards and 300 receiving.

In seven games played, Johnson is averaging 117.3 receiving yards per game and Bush is averaging 121.9 total yards.


Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s NFL single-season receiving record last year with 1,964 yards.

So, where does his pace this year compare?

Johnson has 821 receiving yards through eight games this year. Keep in mid that he's only played in seven of those games because of a knee injury.

In his recording breaking season last year, Johnson had 767 receiving yards after eight games.

Johnson had five touchdowns all of last year. He has seven already this year.


  • The headline on the Dallas Cowboys official website Sunday after the loss: Mega-loss. Very fitting
  • With 155 yards last week vs. Cincinnati and 329 yards this week vs. Dallas, Johnson set a new NFL record for the most receiving yards in a two-game span with 484 yards (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).