Calvin Johnson

Although they’re tied with Green Bay in their division, the Detroit Lions could be short-handed for upcoming games, as Calvin Johnson will need rest to recover from a high ankle sprain.

According to, the star wide receiver aggravated the injury — which he initially suffered last month — during Sunday’s game (Oct. 5),

“Any time you’re dealing with an ankle, you’ve got to run, you’ve got to cut, you’ve got to do all those things,” Johnson said. “It makes it tough. Just a lot of treatment that goes into it… Takes some time to rest and get off your feet as well.”

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said this week he would “strongly” consider sitting Megatron during this week’s game against Minnesota, so he could get healthy.

He missed his third straight Wednesday practice. The coach said they’d make a decision on whether to play him later this week, saying Johnson’s ability to heal quickly as a reason he wants to see how it goes throughout the week.

“It’s one of those deals where we take it week by week,” Caldwell said. “He’s a veteran. He knows his body better than anyone, and the doctors will confer and kind of give us their prognosis.”