Lions wideout Calvin Johnson has never missed three straight games in his eight-year career. It could happen if Detroit holds him out Sunday against the Falcons in London.
"I'm going to tell you the same thing every week: I'm getting better," Johnson said, via the Detroit News. "Moving around a lot more so I'm feeling good."
With the Lions on a bye Week 9, Detroit might prefer to rest Johnson to get his injured right ankle close to 100 percent for the home stretch. Johnson did some on-field drills last week and is running this week.
"If I'm good enough to play, I'm going to play," Johnson said. "I'll just leave it at that."
The NFL suspended Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers two games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Bowers' suspension starts immediately. He is eligible to return to practice Monday, Nov. 3.
The NFL suspended Buccaneers fullback Jorvorskie Lane two games for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances. He has played in every game this season, serving as a lead blocker and rushing twice for 56 yards.
Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said quarterback Josh McCown, who has missed the last three games due to a thumb injury, took some practice reps Monday and is making progress, per the team's official website.