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Back and healthy again

ALLEN PARK — Even though Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson both played in the Thanksgiving Day loss to Green Bay, it was clearly evident neither one was completely healthy. Stafford was playing with one arm due to his separated left shoulder and Johnson had knee and hand issues.

In fact, it’s been a while since both were on the field while both were anywhere near completely healthy. It goes back to the Oct. 4 game at Chicago when Stafford injured his knee late in the game and missed the next two. Johnson injured his knee the next week against Pittsburgh. Both have played the last four games but clearly they have not been at full-speed. Johnson still has a wrap on his left hand, but that shouldn’t impede his explosiveness.

Stafford and Johnson are back on the practice field this week and hope to bring the results to the field on Sunday at Cincinnati.

“We’re going to go out there and fly around. We’re working hard this week to make sure our execution goes right, goes according to plan,’’ Johnson said. “We’ve got a couple more days of practice here. Not looking too far ahead, we really want to get a good day in (Thursday) our third-down day. That’s got to be a nice crisp day. And we’ve got to have a good day on Friday. Not to look too far ahead, but on Sunday but it has to start right now to have some good practices in order to execute on Sunday.’’



Anonymous rakeback said...

When Calvin Johnson is healthy he is one of the top 5 wide receivers in the NFL even as a 2nd year player. Stafford has been inconsistent, but shown that he has the potential to be a great qb a few years down the line. Cant wait to see these guys develop together.

4:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love both of these guys and can't wait to see them as a mature, experienced tandem. Here are my main concerns for each:

Calvin Johnson, to me, just doesn't seem durable. A guy that big, especially in that position, is going to take a lot of big hits.

Matthew Stafford is going to be a great player, or at least a very good player. He will be better than Cutler - no question about it. The concern I have with him, though, is that the Lions are so bad, he may be dead before he has an opportunity to be good!

6:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LIONS SUCK LIONS SUCK there was a curse from one of our famous football athletes who was resigned forcefully from our team just after our first and only chamionship. whats his name??? he cursed us for 50 years. its been like what? 54? i pray to God that i am able to be alive when the lions win. LOOK AT MILLANS CHOICES FOR THE ROSTERS LOOK AT HIS DECISIONS. YEAH, he was a big mistake but not the only one...and yeah im not superstitious but its the only ligitimate excuse for how BAD we are. GOD BLESS THE LIONS

1:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ADDITION: Please tell me who has left the Lions and has made themselves a success?? If stafford leaves...he leaves for good. Noone wants us.

1:50 PM 

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