Calvin Johnson 'definitely coming along'

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- As he slowly returns to health, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson should see more time on offense than the 51 percent of plays he did against Cleveland last week.

Part of that was health-related. Part of it was the game plan due to his health. This week, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan anticipates using Johnson more.

"I would think so," Linehan said. "It's not an overnight thing to get back to 100 percent, but he's working hard to get there. I don't see why there is any reason he wouldn't be able to have a few more this week, but it has everything to do with how the game goes."

Johnson typically doesn't talk about his health or his injury status during his media sessions, but said Thursday he is "definitely coming along, man."

Johnson caught three passes for 25 yards Sunday, used both in underneath routes and occasionally on deep passes. He said shuffling in and out of the game was "a little bit different," because he usually plays almost every snap of every game for the Lions.

Johnson also anticipates Cincinnati testing him early to see how healthy he is and how much he can run deep.

"Yeah, shoot, they play a lot of single high anyway, so I definitely expect that," Johnson said. "They definitely are going to see what's going on."

Having to test Johnson in a game instead of hearing about it during the week is part of why Detroit coach Jim Schwartz almost never talks about injuries during the week, typically referring to the injury report.

It is specifically for situations such as Johnson's the past two weeks and running back Reggie Bush's health last month.

"Well, there's a reason I'm such a jerk when it comes to injury information," Schwartz said. "I don't do it just to be whatever, whatever the word is. I don't do it just for that.

"There's a competitive advantage to knowing exactly what an opponent's health status is. That's why we don't talk very much about stuff like that. So whether he's full speed or not full speed, the opponents will have to wait until Sunday to really find that out."

One thing is certain -- Johnson practiced with the Lions on Wednesday and Thursday.