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81 Calvin Johnson WR
Height/Weight: 6-5/236 | Birthdate: 9/29/1985 | Birthplace: Newnan, GA, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Georgia Tech | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 7.49
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Megatron feasts on Bears defense in Thanksgiving showdown


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was the star of Thursday's game against the Bears, totaling 11 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-17 win Week 13. He was targeted 16 times.

It was the 42nd time Johnson surpassed 100 yards in his career, which ties him with Cris Carter for 15th all-time. Johnson now has 11 career games with at least 10 receptions.

Also, late in the first half Thursday, Johnson became the fastest to reach 10,000 receiving yards in NFL history. It took Johnson just 115 games to accomplish the feat, besting Torry Holt, who reached 10,000 receiving yards in 116 games.

Johnson has surpassed 100 yards three times this season and twice in his last four games. He had his first multitouchdown game Thursday since Week 1 against the Giants. He's managed at least two receiving touchdowns 15 times in his career.

The Lions are back in action Week 14 against Tampa Bay.


Megatron becomes fastest to 10,000 career receiving yards


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) With a 9-yard reception in the second quarter Thursday against the Bears, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson became the fastest to reach 10,000 receiving yards in NFL history. It took Johnson just 115 games to accomplish the feat, besting Torry Holt, who reached 10,000 receiving yards in 116 games.

Four plays after reaching 10,000 yards, Johnson had his second touchdown catch of the first half. He finished the first half with nine catches for 109 yards on 11 targets.


Reggie Bush is listed as questionable again on Lions' injury report


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) The Lions released their Week 13 injury report Wednesday, and announced they will play Thursday against the Bears without defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) and guard Larry Warford.

Running back Reggie Bush (ankle, back) is listed as questionable for a third straight week. However, he told reporters he expects to play, according to MLive.com. Bush also said the same thing leading up to Week 12 before sitting out.

Tackle Riley Reiff (knee) is also listed as questionable, while Ezekiel Ansah (elbow), safety James Ihedigbo (knee), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive end George Johnson (foot), cornerback Rashean Mathis (ankle) and safety Glover Quin (back) are all listed as probable.


Megatron contends he's still the 'same guy' from record-breaking year


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) It's quite evident Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson's production in 2014 has not been up to par. Johnson has missed time this season due to an ankle injury, but when he has been active, he has averaged just 72.3 receiving yards per game, which is his lowest average since 2010. He had averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game from 2011-13.

Johnson said Tuesday he is still the "same guy" from 2012, when he totaled 1,964 receiving yards, which is an NFL record. Quarterback Matthew Stafford suggests Johnson's drop in production is because defenses are doing a better job "keying in" on the star receiver.

"He’s the best receiver in the league, and they know that," Stafford said, per The Detroit News. "It’s on me to just throw him better balls and make sure we’re on the same page."

Stafford added it's tough to tell if Johnson is still hobbled by the ankle injury.

"It was a long time that he was out," Stafford said. "Even when he was in early on in the season, there were a couple games he played where he wasn’t himself. It’s always a long process coming back."


Calvin Johnson limited in Tuesday's practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited in Tuesday's practice ahead of Thursday's game against the Bears.

Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate won't ruin each other


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/23/2014) During the six games in which Calvin Johnson was either sidelined or compromised by an ankle injury, fellow Lions wide receiver Golden Tate emerged as a must-start Fantasy option, averaging 8.3 catches for 118.0 yards. But the ride appeared to end with Johnson's return Week 11 at Arizona. Not only did Tate catch just two passes for 41 yards, but he was targeted just twice.

Both players got double-digit targets Week 12 at New England, however, and Tate was back to being the more productive of the two, gaining 97 yards on four catches. Johnson was no slouch, picking up 58 on four catches of his own. If quarterback Matthew Stafford had completed more than just 18 of his 46 passes, imagine the numbers those two would have put up.

The matchup had something to do with it, though. The Patriots ranked high against the pass prior to their recent matchups against the Colts, Broncos and Bears. Considering Tate was going against star defensive back Darrelle Revis and Johnson was double covered much of the afternoon, both put up respectable numbers.

Which means both could be in for big numbers with a favorable matchup Week 13 against Chicago. With the way Tate bounced back, I'd consider both must-starts in Fantasy.


Lions WR Calvin Johnson held under 60 receiving yards again


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Lions wide receivers Calvin Johnson had an uninspiring performance Sunday afternoon against the Patriots in Week 13.

Johnson was heavily shadowed by either Brandon Browner or Darrelle Revis throughout the day. He came down with a 16-yard reception on the final play of the first quarter for his only grab of the first half. Johnson was targeted 10 times and finished with four catches for 58 yards in a 34-9 defeat.

Johnson has been held under 60 receiving yards in back-to-back games. He'll look to break the trend on Thanksgiving Day against Chicago.


Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Joique Bell labeled active for Lions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Lions wide receivers Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Golden Tate (hip) were both designated as active for Sunday's clash against New England. Running back Joique Bell (ankle) was also labeled as active for Week 12. Both players were listed as probable entering Sunday and were not in any danger of missing game action.

Probables dominate injury report posted by Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Lions are in good physical shape for their Sunday game against the Patriots aside from the ruled-out statuses of defensive tackle Nick Fairley and guard Larry Warford with knee problems.

Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) is questionable, but the rest of those on the injury report are probable, including star wideouts Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Golden Tate (hip). The rest are running back Joique Bell (ankle), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee).


Calvin Johnson, Joique Bell return to practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and running back Joique Bell (ankle) are practicing Thursday after sitting out Wednesday, reports the team's website. Detroit visits the Patriots on Sunday.

Lions WR Johnson (ankle) misses Wednesday practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Lions explosive wideout Calvin Johnson sustained an ankle injury against Arizona on Sunday and missed Wednesday practice.

Johnson had claimed his ankle to be fine. It remains to be seen if his absence from practice threatens his availability for the Week 12 game at New England.


Calvin Johnson: Elbow injury was just a cut


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson said the elbow problem he got treatment for Sunday was merely a cut, and that his elbow and ankle are fine heading into Week 12 at New England, reports the Detroit News. Johnson was held to five catches for 59 scoreless yards in the loss at Arizona.

Johnson also told the paper he's confident the Lions will become more explosive down the stretch.


Lions do not anticipate long-term issues with Calvin Johnson's elbow


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Despite suffering from an elbow problem, the Lions do not expect wide receiver Calvin Johnson to miss any upcoming games.

Coach Jim Caldwell said Johnson’s elbow issues will not have long-term ramifications on his availability. After the Week 11 loss to Arizona, Johnson said he expects to play Week 12 at New England.


Calvin Johnson dealing with elbow issue


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson had a tough day Week 11 at Arizona, catching just five of his game-high 12 targets for 59 yards and making a costly drop. Johnson revealed afterward he's dealing with an elbow problem, though he said it won't keep him from playing Week 12 at New England, reports ESPN.com.

"I was out there all day, man," Johnson told the website.


Calvin Johnson ready to roll


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson, who was probable with an ankle injury, is active as expected for Sunday's game at Arizona.

Lions enter Week 11 clash vs. Arizona relatively healthy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Outside of three players, the Lions enter Week 11 against Arizona relatively healthy. The team ruled out Nick Fairley (knee) and Larry Warford (knee) for Sunday. Reggie Bush (ankle) missed practice all week and was labeled questionable.

Meanwhile, the following players practiced in full Friday and were deemed probable: Eric Ebron (hamstring), Joseph Fauria (ankle), James Ihedigbo (back), Calvin Johnson (ankle), Don Muhlbach (ankle), Brandon Pettigrew (foot), Devin Taylor (knee) and LaAdrian Waddle (knee).


Lions-Cardinals to feature premier WR-CB matchup Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Mutual Admiration Society has two steadfast members in the NFL fraternity - Lions super wideout Calvin Johnson and Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. The two will be going head-to-head Sunday at Arizona.

"No doubt there's respect," Johnson told MLive.com. "You've got players that play hard out there on the field, make plays for their team. So, there's definitely a big level of respect there."

Peterson feels the same about Johnson, calling him "by far the most dynamic and athletic receiver in the league" during a recent radio interview.

Johnson, however, will likely not be matched up against Peterson throughout. Antonio Cromartie could also line up against Megatron at times, though his primary assignment will be Golden Tate.


Calvin Johnson 'no worse for wear' after return


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson, who returned from his high ankle sprain Week 10, said he emerged from the win over the Dolphins "no worse for the wear," reports the Detroit Free Press. Johnson caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

He'll visit Arizona on Sunday.


Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate dominate in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) There was, rightfully, some concern from Fantasy owners about how Calvin Johnson's return to action would work for the Lions, after Golden Tate's emergence as a top-flight option in Johnson's absence. After one week, against a very tough matchup, those concerns should largely go away, as both players found room for success in a 20-16 win over the Dolphins.

Johnson stayed in his role as the go-to big-play receiver, came down with seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Tate, meanwhile, slid in comfortably as a possession receiver, hauling in 11 catches for 109 yards, good for second on the team. Johnson still led the team in targets with 15, while Tate had 13 passes thrown his way, a healthy number.

The Lions have thrown the ball a ton in recent years even without a dependable second option behind Johnson, so Tate should still be in line for a healthy workload. The fact they did this against the Dolphins bodes well for the duo's future success, as Miami's defense entered Week 10 allowing the sixth-fewest Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

The Lions have another tough matchup on the way in Week 11 against the Cardinals, but at this point, both players have to be considered must-start options. 


Lions WR Calvin Johnson scores, tops 100-yard mark in return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson picked things up right where he left off, scoring a touchdown in his first game back from injury in Week 10 against Miami.

Johnson hooked up with Matthew Stafford early and often, coming down with a 5-yard completion to convert a third down on the opening drive of the game. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Johnson came down with a 49-yard touchdown on a playaction pass from Stafford. It was Johnson's first touchdown since the opening week of the season.

Down three points, Johnson dropped a pass in the end zone with under a minute remaining in the game. On the next play Stafford found Theo Riddick for a game-winning score.

Johnson was targeted 15 times and finished with seven grabs for 113 yards and a score in a 20-16 victory. He has 461 receiving yards and three scores this season.

The Lions will travel to Phoenix to face the Cardinals in Week 11.


Lions WR Calvin Johnson deemed active for Miami game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was officially ruled active for Sunday's Week 10 clash at home against the Dolphins. Johnson missed his previous three games because of a high ankle sprain. He has totaled 22 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns in five games. 

Megatron to Fantasy owners: 'Put me in the lineup, man'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) During an interview with NFL Network that aired Sunday morning, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has missed the last three games due to an ankle injury, had a positive message for Fantasy owners -- Start him in Fantasy Football this week.

"Put me in the lineup, man," Johnson said, per NFL.com. "I'm healthy. I'm ready to play."

Johnson is listed as probable for Week 10 vs. Miami after practicing in full all week. He has 22 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season. Although, he hasn't had a touchdown since the season opener.


Lions list final injury report for Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) The Lions have ruled Nick Fairley (knee) out for Sunday's game against Miami. Eric Ebron (hamstring) was ruled doubtful, while Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Brandon Pettigrew (foot) were both ruled questionable.

Meanwhile, Ezekiel Ansah (toe), Reggie Bush (ankle), Calvin Johnson (ankle), George Johnson (hamstring) and LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) were each labeled probable.


Lions glad to have Megatron back, but also benefited from his absence


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) The Lions are obviously excited to get wide receiver Calvin Johnson back in the lineup Week 10 vs. Miami after he missed the last three games due to an ankle injury. However, the Lions did see some benefits to playing without their All-Pro receiver, according to MLive.com.

"If you can win in those situations, I think it adds something to your repertoire," coach Jim Caldwell said. "It makes you look at things differently, it makes those synapses function a little bit differently, because sometimes you have to go about your game slightly different. I think that's a plus. It makes you stronger overall. It does add more balance to what you're doing."

While the Lions were able to win all three games Megatron was sidelined, quarterback Matthew Stafford is still happy to see his star receiver make his return.

"The more experience and the better everybody else plays, the less you feel you have to get 81 the ball," Stafford said. "It's still conducive to playing good offense to get the best receiver on the planet the ball as much as you can. We'll continue to try and do that as well."


Calvin Johnson practices fully Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday as he prepares to make his return Sunday against the Dolphins, reports MLive.com. He has not played since Week 5.