The Detroit Lions had their first official practice of the week on Wednesday as they begin to prepare for their playoff game this weekend with the New Orleans Saints. The offense was a bit light according to the official injury report, however, as Calvin Johnson sat out completely while starting running back Kevin Smith was limited.
Johnson sat out Wednesday and Thursday last week, too, but ended up playing quite well despite the Achilles injury. The Detroit Free Press's Dave Birkett expects the same to happen this weekend.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson today sat out his second straight practice with an Achilles tendon injury, but there's little doubt he'll play in the Detroit Lions' playoff opener Saturday against the New Orleans Saints.
Johnson worked on the side with trainers during the open portion of Lions practice, and receiver Titus Young returned to the field after sitting out Tuesday.
Johnson was the only player to miss practice on Wednesday, but quite a few were limited -- mostly on the defensive end. The entire report for Wednesday is available here.