Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson injured his elbow during Sunday's loss on the road against the Arizona Cardinals, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reported this morning.
The injury kept Johnson in the locker room after most of the team left University of Phoenix Stadium following Detroit's 14-6 loss in Arizona.
It's not clear at what point during the game the injury occurred, but Johnson said it didn't influence his performance and downplayed its significance. "I'll be all right," he said.
Johnson led the team with 59 yards on five catches, but he dropped a low pass from Matthew Stafford on a third down in the first half. He was targeted by Stafford on 12 of the quarterback's 30 attempts.
Johnson, 29, has dealt with injuries throughout this season. He missed three games in October due to an ankle sprain, which limited his play in two other games this season. He was given time off by the team in an effort to fully restore his health.
In two games since returning, a win against the Dolphins and the loss to Arizona, Johnson has caught 12 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown. In six games this year, he has 29 receptions for 461 yards and three touchdowns.
According to Birkett, Johnson is on pace for fewer than 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since the 2009 season.
- Christopher Woody