Injuries change roster
If youre looking for wide receiver Calvin Johnson at Saturdays preseason opener your best chance might be to watch him in pregame warmups. Johnson hasnt practiced full-out since Sunday due to a protective cast on his right hand protecting a sprained thumb. Coach Jim Schwartz wouldnt rule him out, but hes questionable at best. He has nothing to prove and there are three more preseason games for him to get into game shape.
Same goes for rookie tight end Brandon Pettigrew who has been limited because of a thigh injury. Hes fun to watch and hard to take your eyes off when hes on the field, but it would be a surprise to see him out there against Atlanta.
Schwartz would only rule out three players safety Daniel Bullocks (knee), tight end Casey Fitzsimmons (ankle) and cornerback Keith Smith (groin).
But the new coach has also been careful to err on the side of caution when it comes time to get injured players back on the field.