Detroit Lions Rumors: Calvin Johnson out until Mid-November? (VIDEO)


Detroit Lions Pro Bowl wide receiver, Calvin Johnson was inactive for the first time this season during Detroit’s 17-3 win over the division rival Minnesota Vikings last Sunday. Johnson is recovering from a high ankle sprain that was likely suffered during the Lions week three win over the Green Bay Packers.

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Johnson went on to play in limited action in week four vs. the New York Jets, but was obviously not himself on the field. The following week, while back at home in Ford Field, Johnson further aggravated the ailing ankle against the Buffalo Bills.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell made the decision to keep Johnson out of action last week, and reportedly is entertaining the thought of the Lions being Megatron-less until week ten, (after the bye week) giving the superstar wideout ample time to heal for the late season, playoff push.

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Coach Caldwell had this to say, via ESPN:

"“I do not hold a medical degree. It may appear I do from time to time to you maybe, but I don’t,” Caldwell said. “The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors. Those are the professionals. They know exactly what it takes.”"

Here is a brief take on the situation and his health from Johnson himself:

Meanwhile, it’s all NFC South for the remained of October.

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Next week, the Detroit Lions play host to Joe Lombardi’s former squad, the New Orleans Saints at home. Then in week eight they face a high-powered Atlanta Falcons team over seas in London, England. Those are two very big games that the Lions need to win.

While the Detroit Lions have proven that they can win a few games with out their future Hall of Fame wide receiver, the offense has struggled tremendously to get things going, especially in the second half. If Johnson is indeed out of action until mid-November, hopefully Detroit’s stout defense can continue to keep opposing offenses grounded, and Matthew Stafford and company can figure out how to put some more points on the board.

Of course, making a field goal or two will also help the cause.

What do you think? Can the Detroit Lions afford to keep Megatron out of action until they face the Miami Dolphins in week 10?