It is no surprise the Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson won’t play in the Pro Bowl. The decision was announced Tuesday.
Johnson struggled with a knee injury all season. Days after the season ended GM Martin Mayhew said the team was monitoring the situation, but expected that rest would be the best medicine for Johnson’s knee.
Mayhew and others have suggested Johnson was dealing with more severe injuries than he ever let on throughout the season. Johnson routinely missed practices, resting his body for Sundays.
Last year it was the same situation. He was voted to the Pro Bowl, but did not play due to injuries. He still went to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl festivities and picked up the tab for the rest of his wide receiver teammates to join him.
Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson is expected to take Johnson’s place.