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Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson addresses Matt Elam’s comments about his age

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Baltimore Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam now has the attention of Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. As we all know, that is probably not a good thing. One day after Elam called Johnson "old" and emphasized the need for physical play against the NFL’s best receiver on "Monday Night Football," “Ol' Man Johnson” responded on Thursday.

Johnson’s response was worse for Elam than a war of words. Detroit's standout receiver is not known for talking trash. Johnson is a quiet player who always takes the high road and avoids controversy. Earlier this season, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant compared himself to Johnson, and said, "I believe I can do whatever he can do." Instead of firing back, Johnson responded with 329 receiving yards and one touchdown against Dallas. Bryant had three receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

Elam is sort of like the child who embarrasses their parent in public. Sometimes the parent does not say a word, but that does not mean that child will avoid a butt-whipping when they get home. If any receiver can spank a secondary, Johnson can administer that punishment. During an interview on Wednesday, Elam, who is 22, showed his age when he questioned the 28-year-old receiver.

"He's pretty old, so I don't know how physical he'll be,'' Elam said. "He's a big guy, but he's older. I guess when they get older they're not going to be as physical, you know what I'm saying? We're going to have to be physical, make him uncomfortable."

Elam, you are about to be very uncomfortable against Johnson on Monday.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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