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Calvin Johnson is recovering from a finger operation, as well as his previously-reported right knee scope.

GM Martin Mayhew made the disclosure at new coach Jim Caldwell's introductory press conference on Wednesday. Both operations correct longstanding issues. Johnson's knee cost him two games in 2013, while his finger has been an issue dating back to 2012. Megatron has picked up a ton of nicks and bruises during his seven-year career, but has missed only six games. He should be 100 percent well ahead of training camp. The operations aren't a concern for Johnson's Dynasty-league value.

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Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed Calvin Johnson will need minor knee surgery this offseason.

Johnson ended up missing two games this season and being limited by persistent soreness in a few others. He still finished with 84 catches, 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. Johnson's surgery will likely be some kind of scope that cleans out his knee and gives him more comfort. It's not a major concern for his Dynasty value.

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Calvin Johnson (knee) is inactive for Week 17 against the Vikings.

Kevin Ogletree will get the start opposite Nate Burleson, with Kris Durham staying in the third receiver role. The rest of the Lions' Week 17 inactives are CB Chris Houston, CB Jonte Green, CB Bill Bentley, OT LaAdrian Waddle, OL Dylan Gandy, and QB Kellen Moore.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Calvin Johnson has a "sprained knee" with "loose bodies in it," and doctors are recommending offseason surgery.

The term "sprain" is loosely thrown around in the NFL. A sprain technically means a slight tear. There have been murmurs going around in recent weeks that Megatron is dealing with a partially torn PCL in his right knee, but those reports haven't been confirmed by anyone in the know. Johnson has reportedly been getting his knee drained for much of the season. He's been sitting out practices regularly, and it's hard to see him playing in the meaningless Week 17 regular season finale against the Vikings.

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Calvin Johnson (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Megatron didn't participate in practice at all this week, and we're not expecting him to play in the meaningless finale against Minnesota. Should Johnson be inactive, the Lions would likely start Nate Burleson and Kris Durham at receiver, with Kevin Ogletree entering to play outside in three-wide sets.

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Calvin Johnson (knee) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

Megatron is shaping up as a game-time decision. With the Lions eliminated from playoff contention, leaving this Week 17 finale against the Vikings meaningless, we'd expect Johnson to sit it out. Kris Durham and Nate Burleson would be the top two receivers. Joseph Fauria will start at tight end.

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Calvin Johnson (knee) is not practicing again Thursday.

Johnson was extremely limited in Week 16, only playing on passing downs and in the red zone even though the Lions desperately needed the game. Now that they're out of the playoff chase, we're expecting Megatron to sit. That would leave Kris Durham and Nate Burleson as Matthew Stafford's top-two wideouts.

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Calvin Johnson (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Johnson played limited snaps in Sunday's loss to the Giants and is potentially dealing with a partially torn PCL in his right knee. His availability for Week 17 against the Vikings is up in the air. Johnson's status will be updated again on Thursday.

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Calvin Johnson declined to comment on whether he has been playing with a partially torn PCL in his right knee.

Johnson initially injured his knee in Week 5, and the crew at Deadspin received a tip via email from a person who "guaranteed" Megatron partially tore his PCL. That anonymous "guy on the internet" has a close friend who underwent knee surgery with the Lions' team doctor that week. Anyways, Johnson responded on Tuesday by saying, "Y'all will have to ask me those questions on Thursday. I don't want to talk about that stuff." Megatron isn't guaranteed to play this week in the season finale. He also may not even require offseason surgery.

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Lions coach Jim Schwartz was noncommittal Monday when discussing Calvin Johnson's (ankle, knee) Week 17 availability.

The Lions are out of the playoff hunt and would likely be best served holding Megatron out of their regular season finale, allowing him to enter the offseason healthier. If Johnson doesn't play against Minnesota, Detroit would likely trot out Kris Durham, Nate Burleson, and Kevin Ogletree in three-receiver sets.