Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is officially listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. Johnson is dealing with an ankle injury that has forced him out of Detroit's last three games. He might as well have missed five games, though, since the Lions used him as a decoy in two others.
In other words, Johnson hasn't been effective since Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers. He posted yardage totals of 164, 83 and 82 yards over the first three games, but caught three passes for 19 yards in the next two. Those were the games in which he was used as a decoy, and he hasn't played since then. But after four weeks of rest -- factoring in the week 9 bye -- Johnson seems poised to return.
Fantasy Impact: For Golden Tate fantasy owners, this is bad news. The receiver has flourished with Johnson out. But Johnson is one of the best receivers in the NFL and his loss has made a bunch bigger impact on fantasy teams than Tate's strong play. The "probable" designation denotes a 75 percent chance of playing, but there's nothing to worry about here. Johnson will play.