Detroit Lions GM says Calvin Johnson’s finger was perpendicular to body

Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) runs with the ball after a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter action at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is beyond good.

This is a player who is constantly facing double (and sometimes triple) teams. Opposing teams create a game plan with the intent to stop Johnson. Add in that he played with a potentially partially torn MCL and mangled fingers, you can’t help but be amazed at Megatron’s statistics during the 2013 campaign.

They’ve become even more impressive after Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Johnson’s finger was so damaged, it was perpendicular to his body.

“He played the entire season where the finger was really pointing perpendicular from his body,” Mayhew said Wednesday at Ford Field shortly after the introduction of Jim Caldwell as the team’s new head coach.

“He’s trying to catch the ball (awkwardly). He would never complain about that, but that was certainly a factor I think in the way he played.”

Many began to wonder why Johnson was struggling with drops towards the end of the season, but now we have a better understanding as to why.

Ouch.

Topics: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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