Lions' Calvin Johnson Jams Thumb
While it's still early in camp, the Lions got a bit of a scare Sunday, as Johnson left practice after jamming his thumb. On Monday, he was still sporting a cast.
While head coach Jim Schwartz says it's just a precaution, pending further testing, it's enough to remind Lions fans just how thin their roster is.
Johnson is unquestionably an elite receiver, and he should benefit greatly from the presence of new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. The Lions, however, sport the likes of Bryant Johnson, Dennis Northcutt, and rookie Derrick Williams on their depth chart.
It hardly inspires confidence in an offense that ranked 27th in the NFL in scoring and 24th in passing yards a year ago. Whether the quarterback job eventually goes to veteran Daunte Culpepper or the favorite, rookie Matthew Stafford, it may be a rough go if Johnson ends up missing any significant time. He's the most indispensible player on this roster.
Johnson caught 78 passes, topped 1,300 yards, and scored 12 touchdowns in 2008. If Detroit is able to develop any secondary targets among their other receivers and rookie tight end Brandon Pettigrew, Johnson should become even more dangerous.