Calvin Johnson expects knee issue to ‘linger’ all season

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson sat out last week with an ailing left knee but looked pretty good on Sunday dominating the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 31-14 victory.

But the injury is expected to plague Johnson for the remainder of the season.

Johnson got pain injections before the game started, according to Anwar Richardson of, and had seven receptions for 129 yards.

“We knew he'd be able to do some things,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, according to the report. “There are some things he really wasn't able to do. He's a tough guy and found a way to contribute. He's a tough guy out there; made a lot of plays for us.”

Johnson said his knee is not going to heal up soon which makes you wonder if he’s headed for an arthroscopic procedure during the offseason.

“It's probably something I'm going to have to deal with,” Johnson said. “As much running as we do, especially in this game, it's stuff that really could take the whole season to get over with. It would be great if it can get over it before. It's something that I expect to linger. You just got to stay on top of it with treatments.”

Hopefully, Johnson can manage the knee enough to practice with some type of regularity in order to remain sharp.

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