Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson will not play against Green Bay Packers due to a knee injury, according to the team's website.
WR Calvin Johnson won’t play today. First regular season game inactive since the finale in 2010. #DETvsGB
— Detroit Lions (@DetroitLionsNFL) October 6, 2013
Johnson's absence is a huge blow to Detroit's chances of ending its 22-game losing streak against Green Bay in Wisconsin. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's top receivers are now Patrick Edwards, Ryan Broyles and Kris Durham, while Detroit will rely heavily on running back Reggie Bush in Johnson's absence.
Last season, Johnson played despite injuries to his finger, ankle, head (concussion) and knee. Johnson did not participate in practice this past Wednesday and Thursday, but was limited on Friday. He was listed as questionable, and many NFL observers believed he would play on Sunday, but Johnson's latest injury is more serious than many thought.
Meanwhile, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has led his team to a 4-0 record without a full arsenal of offensive weapons. It appears Brady will have another key component at his disposal against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Patriots receiver Danny Amendola aggravated his groin injury in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills and had missed the past three games. Amendola was limited in practice this past week and listed as questionable, but it appears he is ready to play.
Clarity on #Patriots WR Danny Amendola: Source tells me he's "good to go."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 6, 2013
Brady has thrown for 1,014 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions this season. Receivers Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins have emerged as Brady’s top targets, and Amendola's return will give him another strong option in the passing game.
However, Brady is stilling waiting for the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who did not travel with the team to Cincinnati. There is speculation Gronkowski will play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 6, but that remains to be seen.
Rams: Rookie running back Zac Stacy will start today at running back against the Jaguars. Stacy is starting over Daryl Richardson, who informed NFL fans he would come off the bench via Twitter this past week, and Isiah Pead. In addition, cornerback Cortland Finnegan (thigh) is inactive.
Jaguars: Receiver Cecil Shorts was listed as questionable due to a groin injury, but is expected to play on Sunday.
Bengals: Defensive end Michael Johnson (concussion) is out, which helps Brady on Sunday.
Dolphins: Miami defensive end Cameron Wake (knee) was listed as questionable, but he will play against the Baltimore Ravens.
Ravens: While Wake is active for the Dolphins, receiver Jacoby Jones (knee), receiver Marlon Brown (thigh) are inactive. Both receivers were limited participants this past Friday. However, Lardarius Webb is active after straining his hamstring.
Packers: Linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) said he expected to play against Detroit, and he is active, while running back Eddie Lacy (concussion) is also ready to play.
We will update the list of inactives as more news develops on Sunday.