WR Calvin Johnson misses 2nd practice, expects to play Sunday

Megatron expects to play against the Steelers Sunday. (USATSI)
It's not unusual for the Lions to give Calvin Johnson a day off during the week. But on Thursday he missed his second straight practice ahead of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh against the Steelers.

Johnson, who has been dealing with soreness in his knee since training camp, says he expects to play. The knee issues sidelined him in Week 4's loss to the Packers, and he was limited against the Browns the following week. But if the injury has bothered him recently you wouldn't know it; In his last three three games, Johnson has 29 receptions for 567 yards and five touchdowns.

Not surprisingly, Johnson has also been the Steelers' primary focus this week.

You can't stop Calvin Johnson with one man,” safety Ryan Clark said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Sometimes you can't stop him with three. There's not going to be a defense we're going to make up that (Johnson) is going to say, ‘This is the first time I've seen it.' ”

Coach Mike Tomlin was asked if Johnson compares to the Bengals' A.J. Green.

“There’s no comparison,” he said. “He’s a big dog. It’s young Randy Moss scary. We’ll do the best we can. He’s a special player. We won’t try anything that hasn’t been tried.”

And while Johnson is expected to suit up,  ESPN.com reports that Nate Burleson, who broke his arm in September while trying to keep a pizza from sliding off the passenger seat of his car (seriously), likely won't play.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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