Unknown if Lions WR Calvin Johnson will play the Bengals

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson is recovering from a sprained right knee, which forced him to sit out in week five. He returned against the Browns last week in a very limited basis.

As we pick apart Cincinnati's 27-24 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills, we navigate a curious eye to the Bengals next opponent: The Detroit Lions.

More specifically, the status of wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Johnson suffered a sprained right knee during Detroit's 40-32 win over the Chicago Bears in week four, preventing him from playing the following week against the Green Bay Packers. Johnson returned to the lineup during Detroit's 31-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, but played only 51 percent of the offensive snaps while hauling in three receptions for 25 yards receiving.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said that Johnson's knee is a little sore, clarifying that it's "too early" to tell if there were any setbacks on his knee.

"He was sore after the game, but he’s been sore after practice and stuff like that," Schwartz said on Monday, via the Detroit Free Press. "It’s too soon to really know if it was any worse or any better than it’s been. But I said it was encouraging that he was able to get on the field for us, and even though he didn't make a lot of plays, he made a couple big first-down catches for us and he affected the game."

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