Johnson, who is considered one of the NFL's top receivers, has caught 34 passes for 520 yards and three touchdowns this season.
The four-time Pro Bowler has missed three games because of a nagging ankle injury. Johnson also injured his elbow in last Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but he indicated this week that the injury is not serious.
At 5-foot-11, 198 pounds, Revis would be at a size disadvantage against the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Johnson, but Revis, who has faced Johnson twice before, is regarded as one of the better cornerbacks in the league.
The Patriots could also elect to use the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Brandon Browner, whom they signed this offseason to a three-year deal, on Johnson.
“He’s a man amongst boys out there. You see it all the time. The dude’s 6-foot-6, 230 pounds. And he runs a 4.3. That’s pretty freakish,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said. “It’s like an alternate (universe) receiver that you want. So if you can create him on the video game, that’s basically what he is. . . . I have a lot of respect for him. I feel like our defense has a lot of respect for him. He has a lot of respect around the league as well.”
New England enters Sunday 8-2 and in first place in the AFC East, while the Lions are 7-3 and are tied for first place in the NFC North.