Detroit Lions WR Patrick Edwards to start in place of Calvin Johnson

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June 11, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during mini camp at Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports



The Detroit Lions will be in an unfamiliar situation tonight when they take the field, as they’ll be without All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson for tonight’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. The last preseason game Johnson missed was in 2011, which was also against the Browns. He has not missed a regular-season contest since the 2010 season-finale against the Minnesota Vikings.

The team lists Johnson out with a right knee contusion, and starting in his place will be Patrick Edwards.

The 5-foot-9 Edwards has made quite an impression on the coaching staff during training camp, and they believe he may be the one who will open the season as the #2 WR lined-up across from Johnson.

Watching his college highlights, you can see why they think they’ve found a gem in Edwards:

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