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Calvin Johnson 'improving every day'

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Calvin Johnson "is improving every day" from the knee injury that kept the star wide receiver out of Sunday's 22-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Schwartz, as per usual, was noncommittal about Johnson's availability this week for either practice or the Lions' Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns.

Schwartz did mention that during Johnson's record-setting receiving season in 2012, he did not practice during some weeks.

Johnson missed his first game since 2010, also with an injured knee. Schwartz said this injury was not the same one that bothered Johnson during training camp but an injury suffered against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 29.

"We'll see where he gets this week," Schwartz said. "He's improving every day, and if we can get him back, that'll be a big bonus for us, for sure."

One thing Schwartz said he will not do is use Johnson as a decoy.

"If he's not healthy enough to play, we're certainly not going to put a player out there to decoy because he's still got to run routes," Schwartz said. "What he's going to do, line up and just put his hand up in the air?

"He's still got to run routes and still got to be an option for the quarterback and has the potential to be able to take hits and stuff like that. That wasn't an option at all."

Johnson apparently was close to playing Sunday despite the injury. He was declared inactive after being listed as questionable throughout last week.

"Real close," Johnson said Sunday. "Obviously we weren't all the way there today, so working hard to get back."

Johnson is the Lions' leading receiver this season with 21 receptions for 312 yards and four touchdowns.