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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.

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Coach Jim Schwarz said he doesn't think Calvin Johnson (knee, ankle) will need offseason surgery.

Johnson's right knee has been a persistent issue for years now, as he's consistently missed practice time and played through soreness. Perhaps some kind of scope or clean-out procedure would do him some good. In Sunday's playoff-crushing loss to the Vikings, Johnson was extremely limited as he played mostly on just third downs and in the red zone. He had zero second-half targets.

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Lions coach Jim Schwartz revealed after Sunday's Week 16 loss that Calvin Johnson is dealing with injuries to both his knee and ankle.

Megatron's snaps were limited against the Giants, and he finished with three catches for 43 yards. "He tried to do whatever he could today. Calvin's beat up," said Schwartz. "... His knee and his ankle, his ankle was an issue last week and it was an issue all week this week. We tried to use him in the red zone and some third downs and things like that. He was nowhere near 100 percent." Johnson's Week 17 availability is up in the air.

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Calvin Johnson is active for Week 16 against the Giants.

Crisis averted. Johnson looked good in pre-game warmups and was cleared by the Lions' training staff. The Lions' Week 16 inactives are TE Brandon Pettigrew, QB Kellen Moore, RB Mikel Leshoure, CB Chris Houston, CB Rashean Mathis, and OLs Rodney Austin and Leroy Harris.

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FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday morning that Calvin Johnson (knee, questionable) is "truly" a game-time decision for Week 16 against the Giants.

"The team says it's game time," Glazer reiterated. ESPN's Adam Schefter has indicated the same, though two reliable Lions beat reporters expect Megatron to be out there against the Giants. The Giants-Lions inactives will be posted around 3PM ET, ahead of Sunday's 4:05 PM ET start. We've got Johnson penciled into our own fantasy lineups.

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Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press expects Calvin Johnson (questionable, knee) to play Sunday against the Giants.

Birkett doesn't seem certain, however, writing that he'll "be watching (Megatron's) pre-game workout just in case." It's pretty clear Johnson is a full-blown game-time decision. Even if Johnson dresses and is declared active, the possibility remains that he won't be at 100 percent. Sunday's game is a must-win for the Lions, who are squarely on the playoff bubble.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday Countdown that there "seems to be some concern" about Calvin Johnson's (questionable, knee) Week 16 availability, and he's "not a sure thing to play" against the Giants.

Schefter hinted Megatron's availability wouldn't be determined until a pre-game workout, making him a true game-time call. Today's Giants-Lions game doesn't start until 4:05 PM ET. It puts fantasy owners in a major bind. We simply have no idea whether Megatron will play. He didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but did participate Friday.

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Calvin Johnson (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 16.

Megatron practiced Friday and is fully expected to start against the Giants.