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Megatron on playing: 'Trying to be smart about it'
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Megatron on playing: 'Trying to be smart about it'

Updated Mar. 5, 2020 12:19 a.m. ET

Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who has returned to practice on a limited basis, indicated Thursday that his status for this week's game might be a game-day decision.

"It might go all the way to Sunday," Johnson told reporters in London, England.

The Lions face the Atlanta Falcons Sunday (9:30 a.m. on FOX) at Wembley Stadium before having a bye week.

Johnson, who has missed the last two games because of a sprained right ankle, could get a full month of rest and rehab if he sits out one more and doesn't return until the next game on November 9 against Miami.


"We were doing everything from straight forward running to moving laterally as well," Johnson said of his recent workout. "Things are going good. We are moving in a positive direction.

"It's getting better on a daily basis. Long as we can keep up with that progression, we'll see."

Johnson, however, said he still hasn't "pushed it too much."

"We don't want to get to that point where we get a setback," he said. "I want to push it, but we are just trying to be smart about it.

"I'm trying to take good advice from our training staff that they're giving me and go with that."


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