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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Lions' B. Johnson on the field -- but taking it slow

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Detroit's depleted receiving corps got a bit of good news Wednesday when Bryant Johnson was activated off the non-football injury (NFI) list. But it could be some time before Johnson is ready to participate fully in practice, let alone play in a preseason game.

Johnson had to halt all conditioning work in the immediate aftermath of a golf cart accident last month, and Wednesday he only participated in some individual drills. He is ahead of the Lions' original timetable but the process will still be slow, according to coach Jim Schwartz.

Schwartz: "He's not there yet, but we're going to take it slow with him. He got out in individual, made some catches, did some more running on the side, we'll get him moving a little bit more. I think from the very beginning we didn't have any question that he would be back and then once he was, [that he would] get back he would be full speed. But it's just a matter of when and he's actually ahead of the timetable we had in the back of our minds."

It will be interesting to see how many Lions receivers will get on the field in the team's preseason debut Saturday against Atlanta. Johnson, of course, won't play. No. 1 receiver Calvin Johnson is practicing with a cast around his sprained right thumb. Receivers Dennis Northcutt (thumb) and John Standeford (thumb) have also been limited in practice.