This week, the Lions’ Calvin Johnson appears to be much more optimistic about the progress that he’s making now than during the last two weeks, when he was not able to play for the team, and pay per head agents would like to see if his ankle will be well enough for him to feature against the Falcons this weekend in London.
The player did not feature in the team’s last two meetings, but many fans were very hopeful when he said that his ankle is making positive progress.
On Wednesday, he was able to participate in practice again after two weeks, even though he was limited, and said that he was performing better than he did in the past few weeks. On Thursday, he also held practice.
“Good. We’re doing everything from straight-forward running to moving laterally as well,” said Johnson.
“Things are going good. We’re moving in a positive direction.”
But the player said that a decision on whether he’ll be able to play or not could come down to the game at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Jim Caldwell, the team’s coach, said that Johnson’s response on Thursday is the most important factor. However, Caldwell said that doctors will decide what will be done.
The player suffered the injury in his ankle in Week 3 during the fourth quarter of the Lions’ game against the Packers. Then many fans were very concerned when in Week 5 the injury was aggravated when he played the Bills, and for the last couple of weeks he wasn’t able to feature for the team.
And even though the player is practicing again and running on his ankle, he was not able to test it more. Johnson said that it’s likely that it will be tested further before considering facing the Falcons on Sunday.
“You want to push it. I want to push it, but we’re trying to be smart about it,” said Johnson. “Trying to take advice from the training staff that they are giving me and go with that.”
Johnson’s fans are also very optimistic, and want to see the player back in action as soon as possible, but believe that he should still be very careful with his ankle. Hopefully he will get the green light to take on the Falcons, but pay per head agents know that the most important thing is for him to be healthy.