Calvin Johnson is the league’s most dangerous wide receiver, which makes his the Detroit Lions’ most valuable asset. They want to preserve that asset. The 28-year-old sometimes takes time away from practice during the regular season so that he’s got the legs for regular season games — particularly the important ones at the end of the season.
Johnson wants to be on the field. It’s where he belongs. So while keeping him out of practice may be playing it safe, he still wants to be out there with his teammates.
“We’re going to do what coach wants us to do, but a lot of that was due to some injuries, you know,” Johnson said Tuesday. “So really, I’d really prefer to be out here and practicing and getting the timing down.”
He’s not an injury prone player. He has missed six games during his seven years in the league. That’s an impressive stint. And things are looking good for him this year. He played in only one preseason game during week 3 in Jacksonville, but he has a near perfect attendance record at practice.
There’s no point to play him in a game where he could get injured. The offense is set in stone. He’s comfortable with his quarterback. He will be the same old Megatron.