Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who injured his right ankle in the team’s 19-7 win over the Green Bay Packers, has been dealing with a sore ankle all week. However the good news is that Johnson was finally able to take part in practice on Friday, after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
“This game is a physical game and it takes a toll on everyone, but (Johnson) is one of those guys physically that he’s an unusual individual,” head coach Jim Caldwell said before Friday’s practice.
“He responds quickly to treatment. He bounces back pretty quickly, for the most part, what would ordinarily take maybe some guys a little bit longer. He seems to be able to fight his way through it. He has an extremely high pain tolerance as well.”
Nevertheless, the Lions are still listing Johnson as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets in New York. However, the fact that he was able to practice on Friday is a good sign he will be able to play on Sunday.
Safety James Ihedigbo, who has yet to play this season after suffering a nerve injury in his neck in the Lions second preseason game, is also is listed as probable for Sunday. On Thursday, Ihedigbo spoke of his eagerness to get back on the field and now he could make his debut against the Jets, who he spent his first three NFL seasons with.
When it comes to right tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who practiced all three days this week but was limited in all three practices. It doesn’t look like Waddle will be playing this Sunday, as he was listed as doubtful along with safety Don Carey, who re-injured his hamstring last Sunday and has been held out of practice all week.
Tight end Joseph Fauria, who is a key piece to the Lions offense, will not play Sunday against the Jets, after injuring his ankle at home Wednesday night and not practicing Thursday and Friday. Fauria underwent an MRI Thursday, but head coach Jim Caldwell declined to provide an update Friday, only saying that he’s not sure of the extent of the injury or how long Fauria will be out.
Linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle), who did not participate in practice all week, are also out for Sunday’s match-up against the Jets
Montell Owens (hamstring), who was upgraded from limited practice to full practice on Friday is listed as questionable for Sunday.
While defensive end Ziggy Ansah (knee), running back Joique Bell (knee), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (biceps), defensive end George Johnson (groin) and running back Theo Riddick (hamstring) are all probable. This is the first time, Riddick has appeared on the injury report. However, keep in mind that Ansah, Bell, Fairley, and Johnson all played and finished last Sunday’s game while dealing with the same injuries last week.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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