Detroit Lions' star wide receiver Calvin Johnson could be set to miss another two games due to a high ankle sprain injury that has the potential to rock Detroit's season.
The Lions have impressed this year on defense, with their run defense being particularly stout. But on offense, problems are starting to appear, and there's little Detroit can do about it.
Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Caldwell revealed on Monday that Calvin Johnson is not guaranteed to play the Lions' next two games, both of which are against teams desperate to get on the right track for the playoffs, with Caldwell failing to rule out the possibility of Johnson sitting out until week ten.
"I do not hold a medical degree. It may appear I do from time to time to you maybe, but I don't," Caldwell said. "The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors. Those are the professionals. They know exactly what it takes," Caldwell told ESPN.
"Them in conjunction with Calvin and how he feels, they treat not only symptoms of the situation but also the patient as well in terms of how he feels. So they'll let us know what's the best path to take."
Johnson is likely to return in week ten after the Lions bye week, but that means Johnson will miss the home game against New Orleans Saints and the road game a week later at Atlanta Falcons.
The reason why Calvin Johnson will be missed even more during the next two weeks is because of the opponents that the Lions are set to face. New Orleans and Atlanta are both high powered offenses and no matter how strong the Lions defense is, they will concede points to those teams.
This is why the Lions will need to be at their offensive best in a potential scoring shootout. To compete at their best, the Lions will need Calvin Johnson, but without the star wideout it's unlikely that the Lions will be able to keep up in the scoring stakes.
Losing Johnson for two weeks will not spell the end for the Lions, but it could create some problems for them and see the Lions with a 4-4 record by week ten when the powerful receiver is expected to return.