Cowboys Extra: Scouting the Detroit Lions

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If that’s Calvin Johnson being sore, the Detroit Lions will take it.

The star receiver caught nine passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns last week against Cincinnati, including a 50-yard Hail Mary.

So Lions coach Jim Schwartz laughed off the idea that Johnson might be a little sore.

“He was also Megatron. He wasn’t Calvin, he was Megatron,” Schwartz told Detroit reporters of the receiver’s performance against the Bengals. “He did everything he could to get us in position to win that game.”

Schwartz said it shouldn’t have been a big deal that he said two weeks ago Johnson was sore after a game.

“There are 52 guys that you could classify as sore after the game. I mean, it’s just the way it is,” Schwartz said. “He’s sore after the game.”

Johnson has caught 33 passes for 492 yards and six touchdowns, including a 72-yard touchdown. He is tied with the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant in touchdowns, but Bryant is ahead of him in targets, receptions, yards and yards after catch.

Schwartz said Sunday’s Hail Mary pass from Matthew Stafford, between three defenders, wasn’t really a Hail Mary.

“We had that schemed up,” he said. “Matt had to buy a little time in the pocket. We saw that guy bearing down on him and didn’t know if he was going to get that ball off. Calvin can make a lot of plays.”

Tackle shuffle

The Lions signed offensive tackle Barry Richardson, a 16-game starter in St. Louis last season, to help them get through a week in which they had only one healthy player at the position.

Starting right tackle Jason Fox has had injuries to his groin and knee. The Lions don’t know if he’ll practice this week.

Backup right tackle Corey Hilliard hurt his knee on Sunday. Jim Schwartz said it’s not a long-term injury.

Starting left tackle Riley Reiff hurt his hamstring Sunday and then came back in the game when Hilliard went out.

The Lions had to use rookie LaAdrian Waddle, who played both tackle spots on Sunday.

“We have a lot of confidence in him,” Schwartz said. “He didn’t just sneak on to the 53-man roster.”

Injury update

Right cornerback Rasheed Mathis left the game Sunday, but not because of his groin injury. Jim Schwartz said it was fatigue.

Running back Reggie Bush had a stinger in the game but finished.

Key stat

35 100-yard receiving games for Calvin Johnson, the Lions’ team record. He also owns the franchise record for 150-yard receiving games (10). He needs one receiving touchdown to tie Herman Moore’s team record (62).


• The Lions have a cornerback question. They benched Chris Houston for rookie Darius Slay in the game last week, but Houston came back after an injury. The Lions are not saying whether Houston will start this week.

• Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s sack gave him 25.5 for his career, already third in team history for a defensive tackle.

• Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch has a consecutive games played streak of 119.

• The team released tight end Tony Scheffler.

• The Lions have gotten the ball first in all seven games. But they have not scored on any of those opening drives.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407 Twitter: @calexmendez

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