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Johnson (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Green Bay.
Johnson's status was never in any doubt, but it's still encouraging to note that he practiced fully Friday after logging a limited practice Thursday. Even in a matchup where Detroit has historically struggled, Megatron is still a WR1.
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Johnson (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, the Lions' official site reports.
Johnson generally receives time off on a weekly basis in order to recharge, but with the NFC North title on the line Sunday at Green Bay, he has yet to take part in team drills this week. Meanwhile, he's a bit off his normal touchdown pace in what has been an abbreviated 2014 campaign, meaning the Packers defense, which has allowed 21 touchdowns to wide receivers this season, may serve up what is required to reach a happy medium.
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Johnson (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
While Johnson's activity level in unknown, there's little worry regarding his ability to take the field Sunday in Green Bay, where he'll attempt to profit from a defense that sits in a tie for most touchdowns allowed to wide receivers (21) this season.
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Johnson (ankle) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Johnson, who last missed an official practice on Nov. 19, has played in every game since Week 10. While there's not much to worry about regarding Week 17 availability, an absence is always cause for concern, meaning owners should watch his practice participation closely this week to ensure he's active Sunday in Green Bay.
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Johnson (ankle) had six catches on 12 targets for 103 yards during Sunday's 20-14 win over the Bears.
Johnson posted his fifth 100-yard game of the season, and he now has an impressive 1,038 receiving yards in just 12 games. He's got five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, though his six touchdowns are half his total from last season, which he got in 14 games. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Packers at Lambeau Field, with the winner taking home the NFC North title. Johnson had six catches on 10 targets for 82 yards in their previous meeting back in Week 3.
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Johnson (ankle) is active for Sunday's game at Chicago, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
The Bears' defense has given up 15.5 YPC and nine touchdown receptions to wide receivers in six contests since their Week 9 bye, meaning Johnson is perhaps the surest bet to produce in the penultimate week of the season.
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Johnson (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Chicago.
Johnson practiced all week, so he's ready to at full speed Sunday. Playing against a Chicago defense that has somehow already allowed 33 passing touchdowns, it's easy to argue that Johnson is the top fantasy wideout for Week 16.
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Johnson (ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday, Detroit Free Press reports.
Johnson has followed the same practice schedule (limited, full, and full) in each of the past three weeks, which will likely come to fruition this week as well. With a floundering Bears squad on tap Sunday -- 14.9 YPC and six touchdown receptions in the past four games -- he's a great bet to replicate his Thanksgiving Day production (11 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns) against the same defense.
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Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Johnson's ankle concern is seemingly lingering for the remainder of the season, as evidenced by a capped practice in each of the past three Wednesdays. Since his return from a three-game absence, he has either struck gold or struck out, recording three 100-yard outings (plus scores) and three residing between 50 and 60 yards. Nonetheless, he'll focus on manhandling a Bears defense that he took to the woodshed (11 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns) on Thanksgiving Day.
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Johnson (ankle) caught 4-of-6 targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 16-14 win against the Vikings.
Johnson shook free on a crossing route for a 23-yard play in the fourth quarter, but was otherwise surprisingly quiet. Matthew Stafford wasn't sharp, however, and the entire Lions' offense had trouble moving the ball and scoring in the red zone. Johnson was targeted on a couple of deep passes though, so it seems like his ankle injury wasn't a factor for his average game. He could bounce back next week against a beatable Bears' secondary.