The Detroit Lions’ fans and price per head sportsbooks were very relieved to hear coach Jim Schwartz say that WR Calvin Johnson “is improving every day” from the knee injury that didn’t let him play when they team lost to the Green Bay Packers 22-9 on Sunday.
Pay per head services saw that Schwartz, as usual, was evasive about Johnson’s availability this week for either the Lions’ Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns or practice.
The coach did mention that in 2012, during Johnson’s record-setting receiving season, he didn’t practice during some weeks.
The player missed his first game since 2010, and price per head sportsbooks remember that it was also with an injured knee. Schwartz said that this injury was different than the one that bothered Johnson during training camp, but an injury suffered on Sept. 29 against the Chicago Bears.
“We’ll see where he gets this week,” Schwartz said. “He’s improving every day, and if we can get him back, that’ll be a big bonus for us, for sure.”
One thing that Schwartz said he will not do is use the player as a decoy.
“If he’s not healthy enough to play, we’re certainly not going to put a player out there to decoy because he’s still got to run routes,” Schwartz said. “What he’s going to do, line up and just put his hand up in the air?
“He’s still got to run routes and still got to be an option for the quarterback and has the potential to be able to take hits and stuff like that. That wasn’t an option at all.”
Price per head sportsbooks saw that the WR was apparently close to playing on Sunday despite the injury. After the player was listed as questionable throughout last week, he was declared as being inactive.
“Real close,” Johnson said Sunday. “Obviously we weren’t all the way there today, so working hard to get back.”
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This season, Johnson is Detroit’s top receiver with four touchdowns and 21 receptions for 312 yards, and price per head sportsbooks would like to see him fully fit as soon as possible.