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Calvin Johnson injury: Lions WR expected to play, but fantasy outlook still hazy

Calvin Johnson is expected to play Sunday when the Lions take on the Jaguars, according to reports. We break down the fantasy implications.

Al Messerschmidt

Calvin Johnson is expected to play Sunday when the Detroit Lions play the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press agrees, noting that Johnson's grandparents made the trip bodes well for the wide receiver's playing status. Chris Mortensen of ESPN also confirmed Johnson's status, saying he is expected to start.

Johnson did not practice at all this past week while dealing with a knee injury. He was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, causing consternation among fans and fantasy owners.

Fantasy Impact: You will still want to check the inactive list when it is released around 11:30 a.m. ET, but it sounds like Megatron will suit up. The good news is that the Lions play in the early slate of games, so if Johnson is ruled out at game time, you should have plenty of available options to plug into your starting lineup.

Just how much Johnson plays is still a big question. Pro Football Weekly reported early Sunday morning that Johnson could be limited to third down situations. Owners have a difficult decision to make this week, especially since Johnson has a prime matchup against a shaky Jags secondary.

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