As reported by ESPN, the Detroit Lions’ dominate receiver Calvin Johnson may need to have arthroscopic knee surgery to fix what they are calling a sprained knee. Johnson is officially inactive for Sunday’s game, but more importantly, his offseason schedule now looks a bit different then he probably imagined. I know all of this good news lately is really hard to sift through, Lions fans; but for the future of the team, this is as big as it gets.
Johnson was reportedly recommended by doctors to have surgery in the offseason to relieve swelling and to get rid of loose bodies in the knee. The official decision on the surgery will take place after the final game of the season. Johnson did play in the loss against the New York Giants, but only caught three passes for 43 yards. He’s been out before this season, missing the game against the Green Bay Packers in Week 5.
The injury to Johnson’s knee is not the kind of injury that requires surgery and could possibly heal on its own, but doctors are saying that potential setbacks could throw his offseason program out of whack, which is the reason why doctors are suggesting a sooner-than-later surgery.
This is obviously not the best of news, but all things considered, if Johnson has surgery soon and is fully recovered by the time official team practices start, it’s the best possible situation for the Lions. Fans are already forced to look to next year for promise, and it looks at though Johnson will at least be taking the appropriate measures to heal the wounds from this season.