As bizarre as it might sound, Calvin Johnson’s absence could make Detroit a better team in the long run.
Caldwell said the potential absences of Fauria and Ebron will not influence the decision on whether to play Johnson.
“Not beating it up, not going out there, rolling it again, that definitely helps,” Johnson said.
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.