Johnson, Levy questionable; Delmas, Spievey out

Posted by ttwentyman on November 2, 2012 – 4:00 pm

Receiver Calvin Johnson missed his third straight day of practice Friday and is officially listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville.

“He’s done it before,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Johnson not practicing during the week and still playing on Sunday. “He obviously knows our offense, and then his health is the most important thing.

“But yeah, any time your players aren’t out there it’s definitely a concern. An ideal situation is to go practice every day, but by the time you get to the middle of a NFL season, nothing’s ideal.”

Johnson has been dealing with a knee injury for the past three weeks, but this is the first time he’s missed an entire week of practice because of it.

“That’s the main thing, just being ready for Sunday,” Johnson said Thursday. “I have to be out there to help these guys out.”

The Lions have ruled out safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and Amari Spievey (concussion) for Sunday.

Delmas injured the same left knee he had surgery on in training camp in last week’s win over the Seahawks.

Spievey suffered his second concussion in less than a year at Chicago two weeks ago and missed the Seattle game.

Linebacker DeAndre Levy, who also missed the Seattle game and has been limited the last two days with a hamstring injury, is also questionable.

The teams listed seven starters as probable, including: defensive end Cliff Avril (back), linebacker Justin Durant (quad), cornerback Jacob Lacey (concussion), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) and receiver Titus Young (knee).

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4 Responses to “Johnson, Levy questionable; Delmas, Spievey out”

  1. By Sportace on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    It’s the madden curse!

  2. By JP O'Flaherty on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    I was wondering if all NFL teams have such a huge problem with their players getting hurt so often? For two years people hounded Matt Stafford for being “Injury Prone” because he suffered two genuine severe injuries. What about Delmas? How many actual games has he played in? I like that tall Safety who had the interception last week (Ricardo Silva?), and he doesn’t seem to have the injury problem Delmas has. Levy also seems prone to injury, as does Cliff Avril etc.. I think Martin Mayhew should look at these athletes, what they make per game, and decide who is worth keeping and who needs to be replaced. Guys who can’t play consistently for 16 games are weakening the lineup, and hurting morale. This does not refer to CJ of course, but the habitually injured.

  3. By jacksprat57 on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve no doubt that Mayhew considers such things, but it’s not so cut and dried as you make it. Examples: Ed Reed and the Freak. Ed’s missed just over HALF of the games in his career, but he still gets big money. It’s all a matter of weighing YOUR alternatives. Additionally, although I seem to be the only person (outside of the organization) who’s noticed this, Mayhew and Company have elected to place much greater emphasis than do most teams on dealing fairly with their players, especially the guys for whom they had to compete on the FA market. To me, that seems quite deliberately aimed at convincing the NEXT guy that they go after that the Lions’ offers are real. Given the cavalier way in which most teams routinely cut guys, everybody pretty much knows that the quoted numbers aren’t worth the tissue paper on which they’re printed. Mayhew’s way gives them an edge, albeit one that comes with a cost.

  4. By Hogfish on Nov 3, 2012 | Reply

    The years of astro turf, now the indoor Pro turf; knee injuries seem to be higher for teams with the Pro turf vs natural grass. Is it the shoe worn giving more grip or is it the turf? Can not rule out the shots at the knees.
    The Lions have had a rough year so far with the injuries. Stafford seems to be finding his game. Alot of games left to play. After the Jags, eight tough, bring the “A” game, and important games in row.

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