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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.

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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.