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Foot injury keeps Calvin Johnson out of practice

Calvin Johnson

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) celebrates a touchdown during an NFL game against the St. Louis Rams in Detroit, Sunday, Sept, 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


The man they call Megatron was powered down during Wednesday’s practice.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was on the sidelines with what the team is calling a foot injury. Johnson’s absence wasn’t expected since there hasn’t been any previous mention of an injury.Coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t comment about Johnson’s health during his press conference following practice, so we’ll have to wait a while for some definitive news about Johnson’s condition.

If you want to read the tea leaves, though, it sounds like this is more of a rest/precautionary day off for Johnson than it is the sign of a serious injury. Tim Twentyman of the team’s website reports that Johnson “seems to be fine” and Johnson himself sounds like a man planning to play against the 49ers on Sunday night.

“Looking to this week, if there are games you circle, this should definitely be one of the games. One, because it’s early in the season and Sunday night, but at the same times, a lot of guys – most of the guys that were here last year – they got a bad taste in their mouth from the way that the game ended last year,” Johnson said, via the team’s website. “Not even talking about all the extra stuff that happened, but just from on the field. We felt we had that game and we let it get away.”

The 49ers came from behind to beat the Lions in Detroit last season. The chance to turn the tables this season will likely prove irresistible to Johnson unless we hear something much more negative about the state of his foot.