Star receiver listed as questionable for week six game against Cleveland.
The Detroit Lions will give Calvin Johnson as much time as he needs to prove his fitness ahead of his side’s clash with the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz would not shed any further light on Johnson’s progress except to say that by Sunday he might be able to take his place in the team.
“I don’t really want to comment on how much he was able to do,” Schwartz said. “But he is getting better every day and we’ll see when we get to Sunday what he looks like.’
Johnson has been battling to overcome a right knee injury, but has managed to practice the last two days without the aid of a knee brace.
The star wide receiver missed his side’s 22-9 loss the Green Bay Packers in week five, and if he is able to suit and play this Sunday, his place in the side will be boon for the rest of the team.
One player who won’t be there this weekend is Lions’ tight end Tony Scheffler, who has been ruled out with a concussion.
“You never know,” Schwartz said.
“That’s the nature of that thing, of concussions. I’ve beat this drum too much, too. It’s not like a situation with a hamstring or a shoulder. If your shoulder is hurt, it’s pain tolerance and you can get out there and you can contribute, let’s go do it. If your hamstring’s tight, you’re not quite full speed but you can still contribute, you go out and do it.
“Concussion, there’s no shades of gray as far as playing. We’re just going to take it as it comes and plan accordingly.”