Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) celebrates after catching a pass in the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. The play was ruled no touchdown after being reviewed. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Lions got receiver Calvin Johnson back last week in a 31-17 win over the Cleveland Browns, but it wasn’t exactly the Megatron we’ve witnessed since he entered the league and has dominated the opposition since. A knee injury has limited him in the past three weeks, and it caused him to miss a Week 5 loss vs the Green Bay Packers, and even when he returned last week, he didn’t look like the player we’ve come to expect.
Johnson played only 38 offensive snaps against the Browns and didn’t run many down-the-field routes as he was largely utilized as a decoy, allowing the likes of rookie tight end Joseph Fauria to catch three touchdowns and outscore Cleveland on his own.
But the Lions will need more than a decoy this week vs a very tough Cincinnati Bengals defense, and they expect him to be ready to do just that, according Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:
"“I would think so,” Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “It’s not an overnight thing to get back to 100 percent, but he’s working very hard to get there, so I don’t see why there’s any reason he wouldn’t be able to have a few more [plays] this week. But it has everything to do with how the game goes.”"
Johnson is listed as probable for Week 7 against the Bengals after he practiced every day this week and is close to 100% healthy.