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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