DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) Through eight games of this season, Detroit Lions starting WR Calvin Johnson hasn’t had the stellar season he had last year — but he shined Sunday in his team’s 31-14 win over Jacksonville.
Calvin played in 60 of the 72 plays that the Lions ran, even though his knee had kept him out of practice during the week.
“He’s no worse for the wear,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. “He toughed it out in the game and made a big contribution, obviously.”
Schwartz did say they took Johnson out to get rest after he ran long routes and at the end of the game when the Lions were primarily running the ball. Schwartz also held Johnson out at the end of the game because the game was out of hand.
The focus for the Lions now goes onto the second half of the season. Asked about the situation, Schwartz said, “We’re not defined by the first eight games of the year.”