Calvin Johnson Injury: Updates on Lions Star's Knee, Likely Return Date

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 4, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15:  Wide receiver Calvin Johnson
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Detroit Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson was limited in practice on Friday, and he is officially being listed as questionable on the injury report. 

Tim Twentyman of has the news regarding Johnson, who is dealing with a sore knee:

CB Chris Houston (hamstring), WR Calvin Johnson (knee) and S Glover Quin all listed as questionable to play in Green Bay on Sunday. #DETvsGB

— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 4, 2013

Even though Johnson missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, it's still too early to start freaking out. 

The 28-year-old regularly misses practices—he's simply talented enough to forgo reps during the week and still dominate on Sundays. At this point, it's more useful for the Lions to give his body rest than push him at practice. 

Essentially, he's given the treatment Allen Iverson always hoped for. 

Still, Johnson is too important for Lions fans not to hold their breath at least a little bit. He is, after all, moving in the wrong direction after being listed as probable last week. 

The man good enough to be named after a Transformer, Megatron has surprased 1,100 yards in four of his six seasons, culminating in an unstoppable 122-catch, 1,964-yard campaign last year. 

Through four games in 2013, he has tallied 21 receptions, 312 yards and four scores. 

If he is forced to miss any time, the Lions offense, which has moved with ease this year, would become far less dynamic. With Nate Burleson sidelined with a broken arm, Johnson is backed up on the depth chart by Ryan Broyles and Kris Durham, not exactly a formidable duo. 

It would be quite surprising if Megatron was forced to miss Sunday's contest, a key division battle against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau, but this is still a situation worth keeping your eye on.