Calvin Johnson returns to practice; three starters still missing

Posted by ttwentyman on December 27, 2012 – 1:00 pm

Fresh off last night’s announcement that he has received his third-career Pro Bowl nod, receiver Calvin Johnson returned to Detroit Lions practice Thursday after missing Wednesday with a sore knee and ankle.

Johnson was voted a starting NFC receiver in the Pro Bowl by the fans, players and coaches Wednesday night. It’s his third-straight Pro-Bowl selection.

Johnson needs 108 yards Sunday vs. Chicago to become the first receiver in NFL history to reach 2,000 yards in a season. He already owns the single-season record with 1,892 yards.

He’ll have to get around Pro Bowl cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings to get the record, though. The Bears held Johnson to his lowest output of the season (three catches for 34 yards) in their first matchup back in October.

The Lions were still without tight end Brandon Pettigrew (ankle), safety Louis Delmas (knee) and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) for the portion of practice open to the media. All three players missed practice Wednesday, too.

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Calvin Johnson’s first thoughts regarding Saturday’s game was that he could have been better

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on December 27, 2012 – 12:20 pm

Calvin Johnson may be the NFL’s all-time single-season record holder, but that doesn’t mean he’s above self-critique.

When discussing the most memorable elements of Saturday’s record-breaking game in his blog, Johnson said, “Looking back on the game – my first thoughts are the ones I could have had and the fumble.”

When it comes to Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears – a game in which Johnson could be the first-ever receiver to get to 2,000 yards – Johnson’s sentiment was much the same.

“Focus for the game this week is just be 100-percent on assignments,” he said. “There might have been two or three things that happened last game where I wasn’t really where I should have been or had a mental lapse or something like that.

“Just trying to be 100-percent. If I do that, I’ll make my plays and hopefully get to that 2,000.”

Another motivation for the Pro Bowl wide receiver is getting the win against the division-rival Chicago Bears to ruin their playoff hopes.

“That’s a little extra added motivation to knock the Bears out of the playoffs,” said Johnson. “They knocked us off on Monday night, so it’d be definitely satisfying to go and eliminate those guys from the playoffs.”

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