With the Detroit Lions grasping at straws to try and remain playoff-relevant in the 2013-14 NFL season, their matchup in week 16 against the New York Giants is a must-win situation. However, early Sunday morning there was a possibility that their chances of pulling out a victory were going to greatly decrease.
As the morning began, there started to be a buzz about Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson possibly not taking the field for Detroit. Johnson has been dealing with a knee injury and, though he often sits out for some of practice during the week, it seemed like he was going to be a game-time decision and that there was a real chance that he would not be catching passes from Matthew Stafford in week 16.
However, the Lions’ biggest fears are no more as it has been confirmed that Johnson is, in fact, active this week as reported by CBS Sports’ Eye on Football’s Will Brinson. Though Johnson may not be at 100 percent, having Johnson on the field in any capacity is enormous for their offense.
In week five as the Lions took on the Green Bay Packers, a similar situation arose concerning Megatron, only Johnson ended up being inactive for the contest. As a result, the Lions’ offense looked crippled without their biggest threat, putting up just 286 total yards on the day against a relatively generous Green Bay defense.
Having Johnson on the field is obviously vital to the Lions in terms of just getting the best receiver in the NFL the ball, but it also opens up space for guys like Reggie Bush who are able to make plays themselves. He may not be as superhero-like as we’re used to seeing him, but having Johnson active certainly won’t hurt anything for Detroit.