Yesterday, Lions Insider Tim Twentyman reported that wide receiver Calvin Johnson was still feeling the effects of a helmet-to-helmet hit he sustained in Detroit’s first match-up with the Minnesota Vikings September 30.
“I actually had some nerve damage so that was messing up my grip a little bit,” Johnson said Thursday.
“Not to blame it on that, but I think that a concussion maybe could have had something to do with some of that damage I had going on. Taking those hits man … they were really violent.”
Today, the Detroit Lions released a statement regarding those comments and the injuries Johnson sustained.
“In response to the various reports yesterday regarding Calvin Johnson and injuries, we reiterate that Calvin did not suffer a concussion at any time this season.
“With respect to the Minnesota game on September 30, Calvin sustained a hit that resulted in him being removed from the game and evaluated pursuant to the appropriate concussion protocol by our team doctors.
“He also was subsequently examined the following day and was found to have no concussion.
“Additionally, Calvin did not suffer any nerve damage.
“He sustained what is referred to as a “stinger” in the September 30 game and was able to finish the game.”
Johnson also released a statement:
“I would like to clarify some of my comments from yesterday. I am aware that I did not suffer a concussion in our game against the Vikings earlier this year. I misused the terms ‘nerve damage’ and ‘concussion.’
“I have not suffered any nerve damage nor have I received any treatment for nerve damage. I did suffer a stinger in the game against Minnesota and also have experienced the kind of wear and tear that most NFL players are dealing with at this point in the season.”
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