Calvin Johnson dealing with elbow issue

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Detroit Lions' 14-6 loss Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals:

  • Calvin Johnson was the last Lions player seen leaving the locker room because he spent extensive time after the game in the training room. Although he finished with five catches for 59 yards, Johnson said he was dealing with an elbow issue. He said the elbow shouldn't be an issue in the future.

    "I was out there all day, man," Johnson said.

  • The media congregated around Jeremy Ross' locker to talk to him about his punt return that ended up not counting, after it was ruled the ball was down at the Detroit 1-yard line.

    Ross said he thought the Arizona player didn't have possession when he picked up the ball and ran with it, but as he watched the replay, he saw how the official could call what he did.

  • Lions left guard Rob Sims compared Sunday's game to a postseason atmosphere on the field.

    "This felt like the playoffs," Sims said. "Those guys are good. Those guys are going to be good down the stretch. Maybe we'll see them down the line. Who knows."