It’s been a disappointing beginning of the 2013 NFL season for All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson. While the Detroit Lions are 3-2 and trending upwards after a disaster of a 2012 campaign, they still have no chance of making it to the postseason without Megatron.
Tim Twentyman, the senior writer for the team’s official website, believes Megatron has a good chance to play Sunday:
WR Calvin Johnson officially listed as questionable on the injury report to play Sunday with that sore right knee. I like his chances.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 11, 2013
But the fact that his knee injury continues to hold him out of practice, it’s clear he won’t be 100% on Sunday if he does suit-up.
Not to mention he’ll face a tough Cleveland Browns defense, and he’ll be covered by arguably the best cornerback in the AFC in Joe Haden, who’s had this matchup circled on his calendar:
“It’s good for everybody else to hear about how good Calvin is, but I’m not putting anything past myself, you know?” said Haden. “I like the challenge. I like to go up against somebody like him, because it lets me know exactly where I stand. If you go against the best receiver in the league and you hold your own and do your thing, it’s like what’s next?”
He’s already held Cincinnati’s A.J. Green to seven catches for 51 yards in a 17-6 Browns victory in week four, and you shouldn’t expect to see Calvin put up numbers significantly better than that if he does play.