Calvin Johnson misses practice

An ankle injury has forced Lions receiver Calvin Johnson to miss his second consecutive practice, the team announced.

Johnson was not present for practice, which raises some concerns about his availability for Week 5's game against Buffalo. Johnson was used more as a decoy last week, so this could be Johnson getting some rest so that he can be used more than that this Sunday.

After all, Johnson doesn't need to be in practice on a day-to-day basis to be effective on game day.

In addition to Johnson, running back Joique Bell missed Thursday's practice due to a concussion. If he's unable to play Sunday, Reggie Bush will be expected to carry the full load.

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