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Johnson (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans.
Johnson hasn't practiced all week, and head coach Jim Caldwell implied Friday that he would be surprised if Johnson played against the Saints. Caldwell would not rule Johnson out, however, so this technically might be a game-time decision. Detroit has an early kickoff Sunday.
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Head coach Jim Caldwell is not optimistic that Johnson (ankle) will be able to play in Week 7. "I've been surprised before because he's an unusual guy," Caldwell said. "Miracles have happened."
Caldwell refused to rule Johnson out while speaking Friday morning, but judging by his comments, it appears Johnson's health would need to improve markedly in the next day or two for him to play this week. Expect an update on Johnson's status when the Lions release their final injury report of the week Friday afternoon.
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Johnson (ankle) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Owners should brace for another absence Sunday against the Saints, especially since Johnson has acknowledge that time off is likely the best medicine to achieve full health. While he attempts to strengthen his ankle away from the practice field, his status should ultimately receive clarity via the release of Friday's injury report.
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Johnson (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Because Johnson is still enduring discomfort in his sprained right ankle, he "wouldn't be surprised" if a second DNP in a row came to pass Sunday versus the Saints. In lieu of practice, the training room will presumably be his home, as he attempts to "re-strengthen" the afflicted area. Even if he fails to make an appearance in Week 7, he intends to travel with the team Monday to London, where the Lions will prepare for an Oct. 26 tilt against the Falcons.
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Johnson indicated Wednesday that there is still some pain in his troublesome ankle, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Johnson's Week 7 status remains unclear, though to this point the wideout hasn't ruled himself out for Sunday's game against the Saints, while suggesting at this stage that he is simply trying to get his ankle right. We'd be surprised if the wideout practiced much, if at all, in the next couple of days.
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Johnson's (ankle) status in advance of Week 7's game against the Saints is unclear, the Detroit Free Press reports.
With reference to Johnson's possible availability this weekend, coach Jim Caldwell placed the wideout in the same category as injured teammates Reggie Bush (ankle) and Theo Riddick (hamstring). "All three guys, I think, are coming along and improving rapidly," Caldwell said. "So we'll see where we are." More on Johnson's status no later than Wednesday, when the Lions return to practice, but for now ESPN.com suggests that the coach is taking a "wait and see" approach with regard to Johnson, Bush and Riddick.
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Johnson (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game in Minnesota, the Lions' official site reports.
With an entire week to prepare for such a scenario, owners should pull the trigger on Johnson's Week 6 replacement. Considering Reggie Bush (ankle) is also sidelined, wideout Golden Tate and running back Joique Bell (concussion) should be particularly active in the Lions' passing attack. However, Corey Fuller will replace Johnson in the starting lineup opposite Tate.
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Johnson (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against Minnesota.
Johnson didn't practice all week, and now he'll likely get some overdue rest from the ankle issue that made his last two games a waste. Golden Tate and Joique Bell are the two most obvious candidates to gain targets while Johnson sits.
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Johnson (ankle) is not practicing Friday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Head coach Jim Caldwell said Friday morning that he has not made a decision (at least publicly) about whether Johnson will play Sunday against the Vikings, but all signals seem to indicate that the star receiver will sit out in order to give his injured ankle a chance to heal. The Lions may show their hand when they release their official injury designations Friday, or they may let this decision go all the way to game day.
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Head coach Jim Caldwell said Friday morning that he has not made a decision -- at least publicly -- on whether or not Johnson (ankle) will play this week, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions aren't ruling Johnson out for Week 6 just yet, but he will likely have to get in some work at Friday's practice to suit up. Expect Johnson's status to be updated throughout the day Friday as more news becomes available.