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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.

Calvin Johnson WR DET 7 Months

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.

Calvin Johnson WR DET 7 Months

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.

Calvin Johnson WR DET 7 Months

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.