CLEVELAND — Detroit’s top wide receiver Calvin Johnson is being kept out of the Lions’ exhibition game against the Cleveland Browns as a precaution because of a bruised shoulder.
Johnson was not initially listed among Detroit’s inactives, but the team announced he would sit shortly before Friday’s opening kickoff. Maurice Stovall will start in Johnson’s place.
Johnson got hurt in last week’s 34-3 win over Cincinnati. He practiced twice this week and it was assumed he would play in Detroit’s second preseason game. He had two catches for 37 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals.
Johnson had 12 TD catches last season.
Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. Comments that violate these standards, or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, are subject to being removed and commenters are subject to being banned. To post comments, you must be a registered user on toledoblade.com. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.