It was reported earlier today that Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson started practice with a knee brace and was “very limited.”
While this has to be great news for Lions fans, Browns cornerback Joe Haden would be fine if Johnson remained “very limited” during this weeks matchup between the Browns and the Lions, according to Pro Football Talk.
Haden had this to say about the star wide receiver’s recovering, via the Akron Beacon Journal:
The team and the Browns fans might not want him out there, and I might not want him out there, too. But if he plays, it’s always good to go against the best. But if he doesn’t, it’s a big help and a big knock for the [Lions’] offense.
The 5-foot-11, 190 -pound cornerback has never faced the 6-foot-5, 236-pound receiver before, but beleives he is the best in the league.
Just look at the dude. He’s huge. He’s big, strong and fast. There’s nothing really else that you have to say about him. He’s so good.
I want to be one of those corners that can be able to go up against the Calvins, go up against the A.J.s, and not be [asked], ‘Oh Joe, why are you so worried about him?’ [I’d rather people say], ‘Calvin, you have to go against Joe this week.’ Maybe one of these days it’s going to be like that, but I’ll just go and grind and make sure I play one of my best games.
Even if Haden hasn’t faced Johnson before, he is already one of the best young corners in the league. Still, if Johnson plays, he currently listed as a game time decision, he will certainly tip the balance in Detroit’s favor. Even containing a healthy Johnson is something Haden would have to play his very best to accomplish.