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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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Lions head into Week 17 mostly healthy against the Packers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Lions will be without defensive tackle Nick Fairley for Sunday's game against the Packers with a knee injury.

It will be Fairley's eighth straight week out of game action. 

Running back Joique Bell (Achilles), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) are all listed as probable.

The Lions are currently 7 1/2-point underdogs against the Packers for Week 17. 


Lions WR Calvin Johnson returns to practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson, held out Wednesday due to an ankle injury, returned to a limited practice Thursday ahead of Sunday's NFC North showdown at Green Bay. Johnson caught six passes for 82 yards in the first meeting with the Packers.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) held out Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was held out of practice Wednesday after practicing on a limited basis the previous three Wednesdays, reports MLive.com. Johnson has been dealing with ankle pain, and the website suggests he could just be getting extra rest.

Johnson is fully expected to play Sunday at Green Bay with the division title at stake. Detroit is an 8-point underdog.


Lions WR Johnson surpasses 1,000 again Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Lions prolific wideout Calvin Johnson didn't do much in the second half Sunday against the Bears, but he did earn his 44th career 100-yard game.

Johnson caught a 24-yarder in the fourth quarter to put him over the top. He finished with 103 yards on six receptions after starting on a roll. He had four catches for 61 yards in the first 18 minutes of play.

He now has 67 catches for 1,038 yards on the year, marking his fifth straight foray over 1,000 yards despite losing three games to injury. He will attempt to bolster those numbers next Sunday at Green Bay.


Lions give probables green light for Week 16


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) The Lions have cleared all their probables for their Sunday game against Chicago, including premier wideout Calvin Johnson (ankle). Among the other significant proables given the thumbs-up are linebacker Ashlee Palmer (quad) and guard Rob Sims (illness).


Lions unveil final injury report for Chicago game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Lions ruled defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) out and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) questionable for Sunday's contest against the Bears.

Meanwhile, safety Don Carey (ankle), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive end George Johnson (illness), defensive tackle C.J. Mosley (not injury related), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (quad) and guard Rob Sims (illness) were labeled as probable.


Lions WR Calvin Johnson puts in limited practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday ahead of his Week 16 visit to Chicago. Johnson has caught 23 balls for 357 yards and three touchdowns over the past three weeks, and is not expected to be limited in any way Sunday.

The Bears rank 31st in passing defense, giving up 272 yards per game. They've given up a league-high 33 passing touchdowns.

Detroit is favored by 6.5 or 7 points at Vegas sportsbooks.


Lions passing game goes missing again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2014) Though the Vikings hadn't been so great against the pass recently, allowing an average of 246.8 passing yards to the last four quarterbacks they faced, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made sure their No. 6 ranking against the pass this year held up Week 15 in Detroit, failing to reach even the 185 yards he had against them back in Week 6. He finished with a season-low 153 yards on 17-of-28 passing, throwing for just one touchdown.

This after back-to-back games with 300-plus passing yards in which he threw for a combined five touchdowns. Not even the great Calvin Johnson, who was absent for the previous meeting with the Vikings, could redeem Stafford in this one. He had 53 yards after averaging 152.0 yards the previous two weeks.

Of course, the Lions faced the Bears and Buccaneers in those two weeks, or the league's 24th- and 30th-ranked pass defenses heading into Week 15. The Vikings are certainly better than them. Still, for as few yards as they had allowed through the air, the touchdown-to-interception ratio against them was nothing foreboding. It didn't seem like an unfavorable matchup.

But with Stafford, if the numbers say it's an unfavorable matchup, it's an unfavorable matchup. He's been the most predictable quarterback in Fantasy this season; we just keep making it harder than it needs to be. The good news is that in Week 16 he'll be facing those same Bears that he torched in Week 13, so you'll want to keep him active if you're still alive in Fantasy.


Lions' Calvin Johnson limited Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson turned in an average performance Week 15 against the Vikings.

Johnson hauled in four passes, gaining 53 yards. Though his performance was less than optimal, Johnson still led the team in receiving for the week. While quarterback Matthew Stafford was effective during the game, there weren't a lot of opportunities for big plays. Johnson was hurt by that, with his longest catch going for 23 yards. 

Johnson will look for more Week 16 against the Bears.


Lions will have Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh for Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) The Lions will have wideout Calvin Johnson and defesive tackle Ndamukong Suh for Week 15.

Both players entered the game considered probable, and were always expected to play. Johnson is listed with an ankle injury. Suh is dealing with an illness. 

The team will also have Josh Bynes, James Ihedigbo, Darius Slay and LaAdrian Waddle. All four players were considered probable for the contest. 


Lions unveil final injury report for Week 15


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's clash against the Vikings, according to the team's final injury report released on Friday. Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and linebacker Tahir Whitehead (shoulder) were deemed questionable.

Meanwhile, linebacker Josh Bynes (illness), safety James Ihedigbo (illness), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (illness), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), cornerback Darius Slay (shoulder) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) were ruled probable for Week 15.


Calvin Johnson continues hot streak with 158 yards in Week 14


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson hauled in eight balls for 158 yards and a touchdown in Week 14's win over Tampa Bay. 

Johnson got on the scoreboard early when he caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford in the first quarter. Johnson continued to burn the Buccaneers' secondary, including a 53 yard catch late in the first half. 

Johnson now has 43 100-yard receiving games in his career, only Randy Moss, 45, has more in the first eight seasons of his career. 

The Lions will take on the Vikings in Week 15. 


Lions list Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson as probable Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) The Lions declared running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) as probable for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Both were able to fully participate in practice Friday.

Also listed as probable were Theo Riddick, Reily Reiff and Larry Warford. Nick Fairley was the only player listed as out.


Lions WR Calvin Johnson puts in limited practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson was limited in Wednesday's practice with his ankle injury. Johnson is on track to play Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the Thanksgiving win over the Bears.


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.