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Johnson (ankle) is listed as active Sunday against the Buccaneers, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Johnson is a must-start against a Tampa Bay defense that has given up 13.1 YPC and five receiving touchdowns to wideouts over the past six contests.

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Johnson (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Johnson practiced all week, including full practices Thursday and Friday, so he looks locked in as a high-level WR1 at home against a vulnerable Tampa Bay defense. There's basically no scenario where a full-strength Megatron should be on fantasy benches, and this week is no exception.

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Johnson (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Johnson is a go for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, who have allowed 13.1 YPC and five touchdown catches to opposing wide receivers over the past six contests. Keep in mind, though, that as coach of the Bears, current Tampa Bay boss Lovie Smith faced Johnson 11 times, containing him to merely a pair of 100-yard outings and four total scores.

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Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice, the Lions' official site reports.

After back-to-back middling performances against a pair of stout defenses in the Cardinals and Patriots, Johnson likely breathed a sigh of relief on Thanksgiving Day, with a banged-up Bears secondary on tap. Indeed, he proceeded to reel of 11 catches for 146 yards, marking his second-most productive outing of the season. Since a three-game, midseason respite, Johnson's average outing -- 6.8 catches (on 13.3 targets) for 94 yards -- over the last four contests lines up closely with his career marks, and he's reached the end zone four times during that span. In essence, Megatron is ready and willing to aid the pursuit of fantasy championships.

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Johnson (ankle) caught a season-high 11 passes on 16 targets for 146 yards and two TDs in Thursday's 34-17 win over the Bears.

With added rest/prep time in advance of Week 14's game against the Bucs thanks to the Lions' current short week, Johnson approaches the team's December slate looking healthy and poised to produce for his fantasy owners down the stretch.

Calvin Johnson WR DET 21 Days

Johnson (ankle) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Bears, the Lions' official site reports.

Johnson, who has been targeted 37 times over his last three games, will take aim at a Chicago defense that is allowing an average of 260.5 yards per game in the air. Only four teams have given up more to date.

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Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Thursday's contest against the Bears, the Lions' official site reports.

Johnson built up to a full showing by the final practice of the week Wednesday, leaving him poised to tee off against a Bears defense that has allowed 14.9 YPC and six touchdowns to wide receivers over the last five games.

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Johnson (ankle) was a limited participant at Tuesday's practice.

The "limited" tag represents an upgrade for Johnson, who was listed as a non-participant Tuesday. Johnson said his ankle is "feeling alright," so he may still be experiencing some soreness in the area. However, he has played through soreness plenty of times previously, and there has been no indication that he is in any real danger of missing Thursday's game against the Bears.

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Though the Lions didn't practice Monday, the team's estimated practice report in advance of Thursday's game against the Bears lists Johnson (ankle) as a non-participant, the Detroit News reports.

The report notes that Johnson has missed the first day of practice in each of the past three weeks, but still suited up, an outcome that should be repeated Thursday, with no reported setbacks with Johnson's ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

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Johnson (ankle) was targeted 10 times in Sunday's 34-9 loss to the Patriots, finishing with four catches for 58 yards.

Even with the Lions facing a large early deficit and Matthew Stafford going to the air 46 times, Johnson still managed just four receptions. Detroit's offense is really struggling right now (no touchdowns in the last eight quarters), and Johnson owners are paying the price. Fortunately, the Lions - and Johnson - have a chance to right the ship over the next three weeks with three straight home games against the Bears, Buccaneers and Vikings. Each of those teams rank in the bottom half of the league in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. As long as Johnson continues to see a high volume of targets, he'll eventually return to his highly productive ways, especially against the upcoming slate of vulnerable defenses.