Detroit Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson is dealing with a right knee injury that is more severe than the Lions or anyone else has revealed, and Johnson almost missed yesterday’s game against the New York Giants as a game-time decision. He played, but he was severely limited and really only did work on third downs and in the red zone. That had an extremely adverse effect on the rest of the Lions offense, and it’s one of the reasons why Matthew Stafford had such an awful game. The Lions are out of the playoffs after losing that disappointing game, and Jim Schwartz has a lot of questions to answer (I can’t see him keeping his job).
One question he had to answer, though, didn’t relate to his job security, as it was about whether or not Johnson would need surgery on his knee in the offseason. Although his knee and ankle injuries hobbled him significantly yesterday and made the knee issue more prominent, Johnson has been slogging through this knee injury all season long. Even so, Schwartz doesn’t think that Johnson will need surgery this offseason.
From the Detroit News’s Chris McCosky, “I don’t think he needs surgery. He doesn’t have anything that’s surgical, at least at this point. His ankle was very sore and his knee remained sore. I just think we will see where he is next week. If he’s able to contribute, I mean he’s such a competitor and he wants to be out there and help the team.”
His ankle injury doesn’t seem severe enough to need surgery, but a knee procedure or scope of some sort might be the best route for Johnson, whose knee issues this season can be described as “persistent”.