Lions, Johnson release statements regarding injury comments

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 9, 2012 – 4:28 pm

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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5 Responses to “Lions, Johnson release statements regarding injury comments”

  1. By lionrexx on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Wow…pretty sad that the Lions basically are tellin Calvin to shut up and telling him what he needs to say….I hate the secresy surrounding the injuries on this team.,don’t they know if it wasn’t for us they wouldn’t even be playin. Fans have a right to know about their players too….

  2. By eddie Hiller on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Leave Calvin alone and stop spreading rumors

  3. By Starkicker on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Man, you go through the injury lists and the NFL wants to go to an 18-game sched? I think 16 games is enough carnage.

  4. By JP O'Flaherty on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    The important issue is that those types of hits, which I believe was intentional, should not be tolerated at any time. Simply fining a player $10,000 or $20,000 hardly makes up for the damage received by the recipient. Such an offender should be immediately thrown out of the game and suspended for a minimum of Five more games without pay. Accidental head to head contact is unavoidable in some cases. However, the Minnesota blow inflicted on Calvin was intentional, with the intent of knocking the ball loose, or knocking him out of the game. I want to see the Lions players start to receive the “KID GLOVE” treatment Peyton, Eli, Rodgers, and Brady get every game.

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