TWENTYMAN: Johnson inactive for first time since 2010; Houston will play

Posted Oct 6, 2013

After limited practice all week with a knee injury, wide receiver Calvin Johnson will not play today at Green Bay

For the first time in the last 35 games, the Detroit Lions will be without All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson.

Johnson hasn't missed a game since the final game of the 2010 season, but is inactive today because of knee injury that kept him out of the bulk of practice this week.

Johnson finished last week's win vs. Chicago, but didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday – the key prep days for the Lions during the week – and returned in limited fashion on Friday.

With Johnson inactive, receiver Kevin Ogletree is active. The Lions signed Ogletree on Wednesday; one day after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released him. It's unclear how much he can contribute with only two days of practice, but he will have some kind of role.

Receiver Patrick Edwards is also active after missing the last two games with a high ankle sprain.

Cornerback Chris Houston, who left last week's game with a hamstring injury, is active. Like Johnson, Houston sat out of practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning in limited fashion Friday.

It will be interesting to see how much Houston can contribute coming off injury against this Green Bay passing offense that ranks No. 2 in the NFL and features three receivers who all have over 200 receiving yards in three games.

Also inactive for the Lions is: running back Mikel Leshoure, quarterback Kellen Moore, cornerback Jonte Green, guard Leroy Harris and tackle LaAdrian Waddle.

Jason Fox return to action for the first time since injuring his groin Week 1 vs. Minnesota and will start at right tackle.