NFC North Blog
With their bye week on tap for Week 9, the Detroit Lions will use the time off to rest and heal, specifically star WR Calvin Johnson. Johnson said Wednesday that he plans to be ready to go for the team's Week 10 game with Miami. "Definitely expect to play," Johnson said. "I'm looking forward to the game, playing some old teammates. That makes it all that much better."
Two of the Detroit Lions biggest offensive threats are both on the injury report for their Sunday matchup with the Atlanta Falcons in London. Running back Reggie Bush is officially listed as doubtful and is unlikely to play. Star receiver Calvin Johnson is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision.
It's Week 7 -- the halfway point of the fantasy regular season for most leagues. Is your team living up to expectations? Have you been plagued by injuries and underperforming players? Either way, remember that seven weeks still remain until the fantasy playoffs. A lot will change between now and then. Your fate is far from sealed.
As usual, we'll be here all morning long giving you the latest info on the injured stars in today's early games. Names we're watching include Jimmy Graham, Kelvin Benjamin and Jake Locker along with many more. Keep refreshing this post from 11:30 a.m. Eastern until the early kickoffs.
Minnesota running back Jerick McKinnon made the most of his opportunity Sunday. In the Vikings 17-16 loss to Buffalo, McKinnon got the start over RB Matt Asiata and posted his second career 100-plus yard rushing game.
Calvin Johnson has turned in miraculous plays with regularity during his career. Now it will take a miracle for him just to play Sunday. That's exactly what Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Friday -- it would take a 'miracle' for the dominant wide receiver to be active against New Orleans. Johnson is listed as questionable, but he didn't practice for the second week in a row because of a high ankle sprain.
It's also highly likely that the Lions will be without rookies Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick. Ebron suffered a hamstring injury during the week while Riddick aggravated an existing hamstring injury in Detroit's Week 6 win over the Vikings. Both are officially listed as doubtful.
The good news is that running back Reggie Bush, as he guaranteed, is slated to return this weekend from a sprained ankle. He is listed as probable.
Rookie running back Jerick McKinnon will get his second start for the Minnesota Vikings when they head to Buffalo to take on the Bills in Week 7.
RB Matt Asiata, who took over for Adrian Peterson in Week 2, after the Vikings star landed in legal trouble over alleged child abuse, leads the team with 226 rushing yards on the season. However, McKinnon has run for 206 yards on 23 fewer carries.
Both backs figure to remain involved, but McKinnon figures to continue as the lead back after getting 11 carries to Asiata's two in Week 6. McKinnon ran for 40 yards on those carries while adding 6 catches for 42 yards.