Calvin Johnson injury: Lions WR probable, should play for fantasy owners in Week 11

Jonathan Daniel

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is listed as probable for Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is listed as probable on the team's official injury report heading into a Week 11 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Johnson was dealing with a knee injury that kept him out of practice on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Johnson misses Wednesday practices with regularity, but they're always deemed rest days. When he was absent on Thursday, folks began to worry. Johnson did say on Thursday that he planned to be in action against the Steelers, and the fact that he's listed as probable is a good sign.

Johnson has caught 53 passes for 904 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games for Detroit. The Lions lead the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears by a single game in the NFC North. Any missed time for Johnson would be huge, but it doesn't sound like that's likely to happen this week.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is the best wide receiver in the NFL. He's a must-start in any situation and against any team ... unless he's likely to miss time. He's not likely this week, though. Fantasy owners should keep an ear and an eye out for any other news, but at this point, it would be shocking if he missed time.

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