Megatron practices, expects to return this week against Dolphins

Calvin Johnson has missed the Lions' past three games.

Bruce Kluckhohn

Calvin Johnson is expected to return this week as the Detroit Lions enter a critical stretch of the season.

Johnson said Wednesday he is back to his normal practice routine and will play Sunday when Detroit (6-2) hosts the Miami Dolphins (5-3) at Ford Field.

The star wide receiver has missed the past three games with an ankle injury. Detroit went 3-0 in his absence and holds a one-game lead over Green Bay (5-3) in the NFC North as it prepares for three straight games against teams with winning records.