Calvin Johnson is starting to look like himself again and this Sunday he should be in a more familiar role when the Lions host the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. Johnson played just 38 snaps in the Lions’ 31-17 win over the Cleveland Browns last week because of a sprained right knee he suffered in a Sept. 29 win over the Chicago Bears. Because he couldn’t drive off his leg like normal Johnson who missed one game with the injury was limited to certain situations last week. He played mostly as an underneath receiver and didn’t run routes downfield that put undue stress on his knee. Johnson still isn’t 100%. He was limited in practice the last two days. But offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said the All-Pro receiver appears ready for a more prominent place in the gameplan. “I would think so” Linehan said. “It’s not an overnight thing to get back to 100% but he’s working very hard to get there so I don’t see why there’s any reason he wouldn’t be able to have a few more (plays) this week. But it has everything to do with how the game goes.” Last week Johnson said he had trouble getting in rhythm when he was shuttled on and off the field. He finished with three catches for 25 yards — his lowest total in both categories since 2010. But he said his knee is “definitely coming along” this week. “I’ve been doing a lot of things to get this thing right” Johnson said. “It’s definitely getting better.” Johnson said he expects to draw more single coverage than usual this week even though the Bengals (4-2) are battling injuries in their secondary.
Lions' Calvin Johnson should be less limited versus Bengals
Detroit Free Press | Oct 18