If your name is Johnson and you play in the NFL, you're in the news today. This would be the right time for a team to randomly sign Chad Johnson.
Anyway, some of the biggest news on the injury front this week concern three wide receivers with that same surname as Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson , and Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson are all expected to be game-time decisions this Sunday.
Calvin Johnson's right knee is still bothering him, but he said he felt "good" after going through a little bit of practice on Thursday. When asked if he felt good enough to play this weekend against the Browns, Calvin only offered up a "Come on, man." Johnson missed last week's game in Green Bay because of the injury, and he is not expected to see much, if any, practice Friday.
Down south in Houston, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Andre Johnson missed the "bulk" of Thursday's practice due to a nagging shin bruise, and he did add that Andre will be a game-time decision versus the Rams. However, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle tweeted that Johnson will start in Week 6.
Lastly, Stevie Johnson attended the funeral of a family member in California that caused his to miss Thursday's practice and will keep him out of Friday's session. He also has a back injury, and head coach Doug Marrone isn't sure if his No. 1 wideout will be active this week.
"I'll get ready to call him here in a little bit," Marrone said via the Buffalo News. "You know, see how he's doing. Obviously he's working on getting treatment out there. I really don't know until he comes back and we're able to talk with him and see how he feels. It's quite a long travel for him, to Oakland and back, so I really don't know."
All of these players are in early games, so we'll know if they are officially in or out on Sunday morning. Stevie is the most obvious sit of the three. He is going against a Bengals' defense that kept Tom Brady out of the end zone last week, and he has Thaddeus Lewis throwing the passes. I want nothing to do with the Bills' aerial attack this week. We don't know if Lewis can get the ball to Stevie consistently.
Obviously, if Calvin and Andre are active, they should be in your lineup. For Calvin, we are basically going to be at the same place this Sunday that we were last Sunday: He is not going to practice much and will be a close call on game day. It just won't be quite as shocking if he doesn't play this week. Whether or not he plays obviously impacts the values of Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush .
Andre has a tremendous matchup against the Rams, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers this year.