Notebook: At halftime on Sunday, Johnson was thinking about 200-yard game, not his injury

Posted Nov 7, 2012

There were a lot of things Calvin Johnson could have been thinking to himself at halftime of Sunday's victory at Jacksonville.

An obvious one would have been, “good, I get to rest my knee.”

Johnson was questionable heading into the game with a sore left knee and needed pain meds just to get through the game.

But that wasn’t what the game's best receiver was thinking. Instead, Johnson was wondering if he could get to 200 yards after a six-catch, 111-yard performance in the first half.

"Going into half time I'm sitting there like, 'dang I can get 200 yards this game', but at the same time I'm thinking that our running game is really killing them right now, so I figured we would run the ball to kill the clock,” Johnson told in his weekly blog post.”

Johnson was right, the Lions did run the ball for a majority of the second half with a big lead, and he finished with just one more catch for a total of 129 yards in the game.

Even in pain, Johnson is always looking to tear the roof off the opponent defense.

He also wrote on that he’s feeling better this week than he was at this point last week.

"I'm feeling alright, not as bad as last week - not quite as bad,” he said. “Still some things I have to work on to get better in treatment but it's definitely not as bad as last week.

"The only experience I've had physically that was similar to last week's game is my rookie year when I had some pretty good back pain. That was tough. You lose some of your focus because you're thinking about the pain - whenever you make a move it's hurting."

The Vikings could be without one of their biggest playmakers Sunday vs. Lions.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said wide receiver Percy Harvin is day-to-day with an ankle injury, but doesn't expect him to practice until the end of the week. Harvin was on crutches earlier this week after spraining his ankle against the Seahawks Sunday.

Harvin, who leads the NFL with 62 receptions, told Minneapolis reporters he was a "long shot" to play against the Lions.

“Yeah, he twisted his ankle in the ballgame and he’ll be day-to-day,” Frazier said in a conference call with Detroit reporters Wednesday. “He made a lot of progress yesterday and we’re hoping by the end of the week we’ll get him out and able to get him to move around a little bit.”

Harvin has more than doubled the receptions (62) and receiving yards (677) of any other Vikings receiver and leads the NFL with a 35.9-yard average on his 16 kickoff returns.

He scored on a 105-yard kickoff return in a win over the Lions in Week 4. He was limited to just three catches for 22 yards and three carries for 12 yards, though.

“As far as replacing him, we’ll have other people out there who get an opportunity to play who wouldn’t ordinarily get those snaps and they’ll do a good job for us,” Frazier said. “But, there’s only one Percy Harvin.”

Schwartz knows that better than most having to face him twice a year.

“Well, first, that guy’s a tough, tough, tough player,” he said of Harvin. “We’re expecting to see him on the field on Sunday. Particularly players like that. I mean, Adrian Peterson’s coming off an ACL in the last game of the year.

"Percy Harvin, you know, even a guy like Calvin (Johnson) last week, you know, those superior players find a way to get out there on Sunday. We’re going to be prepared for Percy Harvin.

“He’s a big part of their offense. Sixty-two catches, runs the ball, returns kicks. He’s just an explosive playmaker. We have a lot of respect for him.

"I think one of the ways we were able to keep the score down last game was we limited his offensive opportunities. We did a good job of tackling him and limiting his run after the catch. We’re going to do the same thing if he’s out there on Sunday and we expect him to be.’