Here's a look at injuries surrounding two key Detroit Lions players ahead of their Week 17 game at Minnesota.
Calvin Johnson, WR, knee/ankle: It was clear last week that Johnson was hampered by his knee and ankle. The injuries were enough of a concern that his status for the Week 16 game was uncertain until just prior to kickoff. His struggles during the game were proof that his legs were not cooperating. Now heading into Week 17, with no postseason hopes in the balance, one wonders if Johnson will be sidelined. So far this week he has not been a participant in practice, and coach Jim Schwartz has already indicated that Johnson's status, once again, may not be known until Sunday. Fantasy owners should plan ahead in the possibility that Johnson sits this one out.
Joique Bell, RB, knee: Bell was not present in practice Wednesday due to a sore knee but returned Thursday. It would appear that Bell is in line to play Sunday. Reggie Bush is no longer on the injury report, but given his ball-control challenges, it wouldn't be surprising to see Bell get more consistent work in the team's final outing of the season.