As Chris Towers so deftly noted Sunday,
Well, he missed practice Wednesday but recently told The Detroit News his ankle is "definitely better" than it was last week. He missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday leading up to that game.
I'm thinking the Lions would rather give Johnson a chance to get healthy than run him out there as a decoy every week, so if he's active again Week 5 against Buffalo, I wouldn't be particularly optimistic about Tate's chances.
Then again, the floor is pretty low for Tate. In four games, he has yet to go for less than 51 yards. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him in the 20-30 range at wide receiver, which would make him an advisable starter in 12-team leagues. That sounds about right.
He'll take on the Bills at home Sunday.
"Things (have) gotten better all week," Johnson said, per the Detroit Free Press. "It was a struggle at first, and as the week progressed, it's gotten better and better. Expect the same thing this week."
Johnson played 57 percent of the team's offensive snaps Sunday after playing about 80 percent in the first three games. He was mostly used as a decoy against the Jets.
"It was tough (playing), but I figured from (Saturday's walkthrough), moving around, I'd be able to get on the field a little bit," Johnson said. "It's good to be out there with the fellas. It sucks to sit on the sideline and not to play at all, and it sucks to have injuries, too, but that's just part of the game."
Johnson, who nearly missed the entire week of practice because of the injury, was on and off the field, limited to snap count. He caught a short 6-yard pass in the second quarter for his first grab of the day. He caught another 6-yard pass on the opening drive of the third quarter for his last catch of the day. He was limited to two catches for 12 yards in a 24-17 victory.
After the game Matthew Stafford told ESPN Radio that the team took it easy on Johnson since he was not at 100 percent. It was the least amount of receiving yards he's recorded in a win.
Johnson will try to get back on track in Week 5 at home against Buffalo.
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