LIONS INSIDER

Calvin Johnson questionable; Houston doubtful; Levy probable

Posted Dec 27, 2013

The Lions have still not ruled out the possibility of receiver Calvin Johnson (knee/ankle) playing in Sunday's season finale in Minnesota

Calvin Johnson’s status for Sunday’s game in Minnesota is the same it was last week for the New York Giants game – questionable.

Despite not practicing all week because of knee and ankle injuries, the Lions have still left open the door their All Pro receiver can still play on Sunday.

They did the same thing last week and Johnson ended up playing only 56 percent of the teams snaps. He also was a limited participant in Friday's practice last week.

“The whole thing with that is there are a lot of players that have things that they are limited with or working as far as injuries go and they are trying to persevere through,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Friday when asked why Johnson would consider playing on Sunday with nothing on the line.

“The difference there is when you have a situation and the trainers and doctor’s decision or opinion can be made worse with activity and the other one is that is what it is and it’s just a matter how affective they can be on the field. I don’t think that’s been any different than it’s been all year for him.”

While Johnson’s status is questionable, the Lions have already ruled out right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) and defensive end Israel Idonje (neck).

With his season now over, Waddle proved to be a diamond in the rough for the Lions, starting the last eight games as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Texas Tech.

The team listed cornerbacks Bill Bentley (concussion) and Chris Houston (toe/illness) as doubtful.

If Houston doesn’t play, it’ll conclude a very inconsistent year for the seven-year veteran and start a very important offseason for him a few days early.

Expect rookie Darius Slay (knee), who’s listed as probable, to see considerable action with Houston out.

“He played really well on Thanksgiving Day,” Schwartz said of Slay. “This will be another big step for him to be able to come back in this game and see if he can continue to build upon that.”

Along with Johnson, the Lions have also listed cornerback Jonte Green (shoulder) as questionable. Green injured the shoulder earlier this week at practice.

Running back Joique Bell (knee), safety Louis Delmas (knee), guard Dylan Gandy (illness), Cornerback Chris Greenwood (groin), linebacker DeAndre Levy (foot), cornerback Rashean Mathis (illness) and safety John Wendling (ankle) are all listed as probable.