In partnership with the NFL in the UK

Watch NFL live


Calvin Johnson to play on defence for the Lions?

Published Add your comment

Football News

Currently sidelined through injury, the NFL's best wide receiver has been left to ponder other ways to impact his Detroit Lions and Calvin Johnson fancies himself on the defensive side of the ball.

Related Articles

- Jadeveon Clowney set to return for MNF against the Steelers

- Vontaze Burfict fined after despicable Carolina Panthers ankle wrenching

- Mike Williams emerges as a potential replacement for Victor Cruz

Johnson a defensive end?

Megatron is currently suffering from a high ankle sprain and his return to the field still remains a mystery, whilst watching last Sunday's victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Johnson began to fantasise about his own defensive capabilities.

The 6 ft 5 inch wideout watched the Lions pride on defence dominate the game with eight sacks and he wanted to join in on the party.

He said in humorous fashion: "I want to get out there and play some D-end and see if I can get a sack,"

Johnson is a physical freak of nature and one of the most gifted athletes the game has ever seen, a few times in his career the wide receiver has filled in at defensive back for 'Hail Mary' plays but the 29-year-old playing defensive end is a completely different story.

His head coach however is not ruling out Johnson playing any position, as Jim Caldwell explained: "We're talking about Superman,"

Superman returns

Johnson has recently spoke about the rehabilitation of his high ankle sprain, when asked about the schedule he faces on returning to the field, he responded: "Like I said, there's no point in being on the field if I can't go out there and do what I got to do, Do what I got to do and do it to a high level that I'm used to doing it at."

The Detroit Lions are facing the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in a pivotal NFC tie which could have playoff implications, Johnson's health for the game remains in doubt as he said he is: "just working to get this thing right,"

The wide receiver has admitted to pain lingering in his ankle and Johnson has missed a full week of practice trying to recover from the nagging injury.

His approach has been beneficial, he explained: "Not beating it up, Not getting out there, rolling it again, it definitely helps you. More and more you can stay off that particular area, the faster it can heal."

Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again