According to a report from ESPN, Lions coach Jim Caldwell may be prepared to bench star wide receiver Calvin Johnson until Week 10, meaning he would miss games against New Orleans and Atlanta.
After six weeks, the Lions rank 27th in points per game (19.3) and 23rd in yards per game (330.2).
If Joe Lombardi knows whether wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be available Sunday, he did not tip his hand Thursday.
“You’ve never heard me ever use the term ‘decoy,'” Caldwell said.
“Some of these things require some rest,” Johnson said. “You can’t keep on pounding on it and expect it to get better.”
“You know he is a gamer,” Rapoport said, per NFL.com, “but he wants to make sure he gets this ankle healed for the long haul.”
Johnson had 19 catches for 329 yards in Detroit’s first three games. In the last two weeks, he has caught just three passes for 19 yards.
Stafford completed 18 of 31 passes, had to scramble frequently, threw an interception and took six sacks.
Receiver Calvin Johnson will start for the Detroit Lions despite a sore ankle, while the Buffalo Bills will be minus two defensive starters on Sunday.
Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, the top two wide receivers for the Detroit Lions, both missed some practice time this week due to injuries.