Lions receiver Calvin Johnson played with finger ‘pointing perpendicular’ from his body

Anwar S Richardson
Shutdown Corner

Nobody has ever questioned the toughness of Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.

Nobody ever will after Lions general manager Martin Mayhew’s recent revelation.

Johnson missed two games this season due to a knee injury and underwent a minor scope, according to Kyle Meinke of However, Mayhew said Johnson also played with a bad hand injury, which required surgery, too.

“He played the entire season where the finger was really pointing perpendicular from his body,” Mayhew told “He's trying to catch the ball (awkwardly). He would never complain about that, but that was certainly a factor I think in the way he played.”

Johnson finished the regular season with 1,492 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. It was the fifth time in seven NFL seasons Johnson had over 1,000 receiving yards.

NFL players often play with injuries, but suiting up with a bent finger?

There is a reason why his nickname is Megatron.

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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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