After sitting out last week vs. the Packers, Calvin Johnson’s status coming into this week was extremely hazy. However, as the week drags on and an impending matchup with the Browns draws near, the Lions are hopeful for a Megatron return. While it was reported earlier in the day that Johnson wouldn’t practice at all leading up to Sunday, reports came out around Noon today, citing that Johnson was on the practice field sporting a knee brace.
Johnson was only partaking in individual position drills, but the fact he was able to practice at all remains a good sign. Continue to monitor his status leading up to game time on Sunday, as there should be more updates regarding his status. If there’s a silver lining with Megatron’s knee issues, it’s that the Lions play at 1 p.m. on Sunday, which will allow owners to figure out if he is active/inactive before Sunday’s games kick-off.
Joique Bell – “I’d like to throw a shout-out to the big homie Reggie Bush for donating to the Joique Bell touchdown club.” Bell wasted no time embarking on his Mike Tolbert-esque role from a couple years ago, as he vultured 2 Goal line TDs away from Bush. It appears the Lions are set to roll out Bell in goal line sets, leaving Mikel LeShoure empty-handed. Don’t forget the Lions chuck it more than just about anybody in the NFL, as Bell added 5 receptions for 67 yards in his impressive Week 1 performance.
Jonathan Dwyer – In 12+ team leagues, Dwyer’s actually not a bad pickup this week. Just over a week ago, the Steelers pulled the plug on Dwyer, as he made his rounds to the Giants and Patriots camps for tryouts. After losing LaRod Stephens-Howling for the season to a torn ACL (and Maurkice Pouncey), the Steelers wasted no time in bringing Dwyer back. With Issac Redman totaling a meager 16 yards on 10 touches, look for Dwyer to get a crack at the workload until Le’Veon Bell returns from injury. With the Steelers o-line in shambles, don’t expect more than a low-end flex play, as Dwyer is owned in just 10% of leagues.