Calvin Johnson returns to practice

Updated: January 5, 2012, 7:27 PM ET
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson has returned to practice.

Johnson joined his teammates on the field Thursday for the first time this week ahead of Saturday night's playoff game at New Orleans.

Johnson has said he was resting an Achilles tendon, declining to say which one was holding him out of workouts.

New Orleans safety Roman Harper says Johnson didn't do a lot against the Saints in their 31-17 victory against Detroit last month. He's right. Johnson was limited to six catches for 69 yards and without a touchdown.

In the other 15 games, Johnson had 90 receptions for 1,612 yards and 16 scores.


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