Calvin Johnson returns to practice; starters look ready to go

Posted by ttwentyman on January 5, 2012 – 1:09 pm

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (Achilles) returned to the practice field Thursday for the team’s final practice of the week before Saturday’s playoff match-up with the Saints in New Orleans.

Johnson is on the same schedule as last week when he sat out the first two practices of the week before the Packers game and was on the field for the last. He was listed as limited on Thursday’s practice report.

The Lions would certainly take the same game-day results this time around, too.

Johnson had a career-high 244 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Packers last week.

Only safety Chris Harris sat out practice with a back injury.

Safety Louis Delmas practiced for a third straight day. He was officially listed as limited on the injury report but it looks like he’ll start against the Saints.

Other players listed as limited for the Lions Thursday were: CB Aaron Berry (shoulder), DT Nick Fairley (foot), CB Chris Houston (Hand/knee), CB Alphonso Smith (foot) and running back Kevin Smith (ankle/knee).

All 11 players that started the season on defense are expected to start in New Orleans. The Lions should have 21 of their 22 starters on both sides of the ball that started Week 1 against the Buccaneers in the lineup for the start of the playoffs. Running back Jahvid Best (injured reserve) would be the only player missing.

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16 Responses to “Calvin Johnson returns to practice; starters look ready to go”

  1. By Richard Heyman on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    Given the time to throw the ball, there is no reason CJ couldn’t get 2000 yards in a season. They have to call his number more and trust in his abilities to go deep and make the catch. No one can stop him on that comeback pattern. I think Mayhew should complain about the purposeful hard hits he gets from CBs, Safeties and LBs when he goes over the middle. He is clearly an elite player and deserves the kind of protection they give to Rodgers from Green Bay every game.

  2. By stormin norman on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    Nobody thought this team would be in the playoffs.Nearly every player is healthy, what a job by the staff.Nobody gives the LIONS a chance but the LION FANS sure do.I just cant wait for the doubters to see this team win saturday.

  3. By jc on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    hey stormin i def agree with everything u had to say. ive been a diehard fan since i was a kid. its good they are the underdogs in this game. itll be more of a suprise in the upset they get over the saints to all those doubters n haters

  4. By Seth Pickett on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply


  5. By jordan on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    play detriot ball you can’t be stopped.

  6. By jordan on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    play detroit ball you can’t be stopped

  7. By Brandon on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    Lets go Silver and Blue and take it to the Aints Saturday night! Go Lions!!!!

  8. By Scoutmaster10 on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    @stormin normin. Very well said. This staff desrves a lot of credit for getting this team ready to peak at exactly the right time.
    Lions 47
    Saints 24

  9. By tony kayden on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    If the O line continues protecting Matthew like they have been there’s no telling how much he can light up the scoreboard in New Orleans. With Delmas and Houston back, we can give New Orleans, or any of the other teams in the play off a run for their money. I’ve been believing in the Lions for twenty plus years. It’s our time. Let’s show the naysayers how wrong they are. Go Lions.

  10. By willy on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    I’m so glad to see the lions in the playoffs if we can keep our penalties to a minimum we should do alright. go lions

  11. By Brandon on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    I live in AZ and am pumped for the Lions visit here next year against the Cardigals. The Lions are well represented out here and the University of Phoenix stadium will be covered in Blue. Lions 38 Aints 31 Go Lions and see ya in the SuperBowl!

  12. By Pascal on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    I grew up a Lions fan, and will always be. Every one of my friends knows that, and they mocked me for years, continually. Now I get nothing but hope and praise. The ban-wagon is getting full. At least I know that the true fans (here on the blog, and likewise around the world) have been on this wagon for years, and yet, we will still accept new fans (irony). Let’s go Lions! Look for Titus to have a big game..minor prediction. Calvin is the obvious prediction. Is it me or is Stafford getting stronger and better as the season moves forward? 400 + yards & 4 TD’s on Saturday!!! God Bless!

  13. By Dan Prusi on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    Am a 58 year old life long Lion fan living in MN the last 40 years and I am about as excited as I have ever been with this seasons prospects and performance. I know they can do it on Saturday. Great job coaches and players. Another part of the excitement is looking at just how young this team is.

  14. By Sean on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    I want to know if Bell is going to play RB? He might be the little extra offensive push the Lions need to complete the deal.

  15. By David Hilden on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    well its game day. so excited. two words to remember THINK AND EXECUTE. good luck and thanks for the great season.

  16. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions are smart the way they rest their players when they get a chance to.

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