Megatron skips practice but expects to play


ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson missed his second straight day of practice Thursday, a somewhat unusual circumstance for one of the league’s leading receivers, but said later in the day that he expects to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Johnson typically will miss one day of practice a week to help give his ailing knee some rest, but this is the first time in at least a couple of weeks he has missed two straight days of practice.

The seventh-year receiver from Georgia Tech has 53 catches for 904 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He was listed on Wednesday’s injury report, as he has been often this season when he has missed practices, with a knee injury.

Johnson had six catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against Chicago.

The Lions, meanwhile, do not plan to play receiver Nate Burleson on Sunday against the Steelers despite the fact that he is practicing this week and he feels recovered from his broken arm, a source familiar with situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Burleson has not played since breaking his arm after the Lions’ Week 3 game.

  • Previously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com
  • Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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