Calvin Johnson is hurt. If that wasn't clear watching him play, you can take it straight from the man's mouth.
Anwar Richardson of MLive.com says it was so bad before the victory over Jacksonville that Calvin Johnson told the team which reps he was limited to due to his knee injury.
This is the added issue for the Lions and one which will force them to find other ways to score, as they did with Mikel Leshoure's three touchdowns on the ground Sunday.
That he was able to pile on more than 100 yards receiving is a testament to both his fortitude and the complete disaster that is the Jacksonville Jaguars defense.
The concern may be that the Lions are past their bye week and heading into the toughest part of their schedule with games at Minnesota, against Green Bay and Houston, then the Colts (playing better than we realize), off to Lambeau for a second game against the Packers, at Arizona, then home to face the Falcons and Bears.
There is almost no time for Johnson to catch a breath, much less heal. More than likely, the injury will only get worse in some way, shape or form.
All the Lions can do is allow him to skip practices (which he really doesn't need a ton of), manage him in game and pray it doesn't get so bad he is shut down for a length of time.
It's a tough road ahead for the Lions, and they will need Johnson, even on one leg.
On to the rest of the NFC North....
Dan Pompei of the Tribune says the win was great but wonders if the Bears can sustain the way they've played so far with heavy defense and sporadic offense.
Jeff Dickerson tells you five things he learned from the Bears-Titans game at ESPNChicago.com.
Green Bay Packers
The Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn says Randall Cobb is not only going to break the Packers' record for most all-purpose yards but could take down the NFL record for it, too.
Aaron Rodgers was dissatisfied with his four-touchdown performance this week, according to Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette.
Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN says head coach Leslie Frazier doesn't think quarterback is a problem position for the Vikings.
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