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Johnson caught two passes for 27 yards on three targets in Friday's preseason game against the Jaguars.

Johnson will likely finish his preseason with just the two receptions after being a healthy scratch for the first two games. He underwent a pair of minor procedures on his knee and finger back in January, but is all set to enter the season at full health. The Lions accomplished their main preseason goal with Johnson, which was merely to ensure that he got a tiny bit of work while staying healthy.

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Johnson is on track to play Friday against the Jaguars, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Johnson has been a healthy scratch for the Lions' first two preseason contests, as the team is of no mind to expose the star wideout to unnecessary injury risk, but it looks as though he'll see some tune-up snaps with the first-team offense on Friday.

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Johnson did not play in Friday's preseason game against the Raiders, NFL on ESPN reports.

Johnson's preseason workload is being carefully managed after he underwent finger and knee surgeries at the beginning of the offseason. Now more than seven months removed from those procedures, Johnson seems to be just fine, and is expected to be a full go for Week 1. It's quite possible that he'd be rested this way even if he wasn't bouncing back from an injury-plagued season.

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The Lions have determined how much Johnson will play in the preseason, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Johnson, who sat out Saturday's preseason opener, is on a very supervised workload this training camp in an effort to keep him in tip-top shape for the entire season. Whether or not he plays in the preseason should have little-to-no bearing on where he goes in drafts.

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Johnson will sit for the preseason opener Saturday against the Browns, the Lions' official site reports.

Johnson is coming off knee and finger surgeries in the offseason, and new head coach Jim Caldwell has apparently taken a careful approach when it comes to playing veterans in training camp and the preseason. Johnson appears to be no exception, and the team will rest its most valuable asset in the preseason opener.

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Johnson's status for Saturday's preseason opener appears in question, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Johnson missed Thursday's practice for personal reasons, but was back with the team Friday for their half-speed walkthroughs. Coach Jim Caldwell wouldn't say exactly whether his star wideout would take the field or not, but it wouldn't be surprising at this point to see him given the game off. The 6-foot-5 target has little to gain by participating in an exhibition contest, and this report does nothing to diminish his status as the No. 1 fantasy receiver.

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Calvin Johnson (knee, finger) "looked like his normal self" during Tuesday's minicamp.

Johnson has been easing his way back in after a knee scope and finger operation. Beat writer Michael Rothstein noted that on Tuesday, Megatron "ran crisp routes and crushed pretty much all of the Lions defensive backs when he was matched up with them." Still just 28 years old, he's our No. 1 fantasy wideout once again -- although Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant are knocking on the door.

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Calvin Johnson said he had to get his right knee drained every week last season and his finger was stuck at 90 degrees.

Despite the nagging and cumbersome injuries, Johnson still finished as a top-three fantasy wideout for the third year in a row with an 82-1492-12 line. Now he's had minor surgeries to repair both issues, is participating in OTAs and is only entering his age-29 season. Megatron is in line for another dominant season.

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Calvin Johnson (knee, finger) resumed on-field activity during Wednesday's OTAs.

Johnson missed two games last year due to nagging swelling and pain in his right knee. He got it cleaned out after the season and is back to work. Still just 28 years old, Johnson remains in his prime and can look forward to fewer double teams with Golden Tate and Eric Ebron in the mix.

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Calvin Johnson (knee, finger) sat out last week's minicamp.

Johnson is coming off minor postseason surgeries to his right knee and a finger on his left hand. Neither injury is expected to be an issue once training camp arrives. "It's definitely coming around," Johnson said of his knee. "We've got all this time right now to get it strong, take our time. There's no need to rush back." Megatron should see fewer double- and triple-teams this season with Golden Tate now on board as a bookend.