It’s not often that the Detroit Lions and their fans witness a game where star wide receiver Calvin Johnson is not on the field, but Johnson was ruled inactive for the team’s Week 5 match up against the division rival Green Bay Packers after his knee was not good enough to go after going through pre-game warm ups.
The Lions lost 22-9 and the absence of Johnson made a clear difference.
Not only did Matthew Stafford not have his top receiving option, but the entire Lions offense suffered. Johnson opens up everything for the offense when he is on the field, but they could find very few openings all game long.
The good news for the Lions and their fans, however, is that Johnson does not expect to be out of action for an extended amount of time.
After Sunday’s loss, Johnson was asked whether or not he would be able to suit up for next week’s meeting with the Cleveland Browns.
“Should be. We’ll see,” Johnson said, via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.
The Cleveland Browns have one of the top defenses in the NFL, so Detroit better hope that Megatron can play.
If not, they could suffer yet another loss as the AFC North leading Browns continue their roll.