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81 Calvin Johnson WR

Detroit Lions

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Fantasy Analysis | 1412201981
Golden Tate's value tied to Calvin Johnson
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

As Chris Towers so deftly noted Sunday, Golden Tate's breakthrough performance in which he caught eight passes for 116 yards Week 4 at the Jets may have had something to do with Calvin Johnson playing only 57 percent of the Lions' snaps because of a sprained ankle. So presumably, Tate owners would like to know how Johnson is doing now.

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.

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Calvin Johnson, Joique Bell sit out Wednesday
by Larry Hartstein |

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and running back Joique Bell (concussion) did not practice Wednesday as Detroit prepared to host the Bills in Week 5, the Lions announced.

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Calvin Johnson feeling better this week
by Larry Hartstein |

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson told reporters his sprained ankle is feeling better now than it did at this point last week. Johnson was used mainly as a decoy Week 4, catching two passes for 12 yards.

He'll take on the Bills at home Sunday.

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Calvin Johnson expects status to improve moving forward
by Michael Hurcomb |

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was limited to 37 snaps Sunday against the Jets because of a sprained right ankle that had him questionable coming into Week 4. Though, Johnson indicated after the game he expects his status to improve moving forward.

"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."

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Calvin Johnson not at 100 percent, limited to two grabs in Week 4
by Igor Mello |

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson played intermittently in Week 4 against the Jets due to a sprained ankle.

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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2007Detroit Lions15104875615.849412138
2008Detroit Lions161678133117.1961221752
2009Detroit Lions14146798414.775515446
2010Detroit Lions151577112014.5871216357
2011Detroit Lions161696168117.57316321077
2012Detroit Lions1616122196416.153540592
2013Detroit Lions141484149217.8871222569
2014Detroit Lions442134116.26725117
2007Detroit Lions151045213.032113
2008Detroit Lions16163-1-0.37001
2009Detroit Lions141477310.419005
2010Detroit Lions15154328.015002
2011Detroit Lions161611111.011000
2012Detroit Lions161600---0000
2013Detroit Lions141400---0000
2014Detroit Lions4400---0000
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2007Detroit Lions1533.000000.0000
2008Detroit Lions1655.000000.0000
2009Detroit Lions1422.000000.0000
2010Detroit Lions1522.000000.0000
2011Detroit Lions1600.000000.0000
2012Detroit Lions1622.000000.0000
2013Detroit Lions1411.000000.0000
2014Detroit Lions411.000000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2007Detroit Lions1510000000
2008Detroit Lions1632020020
2009Detroit Lions1432000000
2010Detroit Lions1510000000
2011Detroit Lions1611000000
2012Detroit Lions1633000000
2013Detroit Lions1411010110
2014Detroit Lions400000000
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