Nate Burleson and Calvin Johnson walk on Lambeau Field as the Lions warm up before their game against the Packers on Sunday. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Green Bay, Wis. – Megatron is human after all.
The pain in Calvin Johnson's sore left knee would not relent and he was held out of the game Sunday against the Packers. It was just the fourth game in six-plus seasons that he's missed.
He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday. He went through a portion of his normal pre-game routine Sunday but didn't look comfortable.
The Lions wouldn't disclose the offensive starters until game time, but Ryan Broyles, newly-signed Kevin Ogletree, Kris Durham and Patrick Edwards were expected to get the bulk of the work in the team's three-receiver sets.
The Lions will also deploy more two tight-end packages and use Reggie Bush more as a slot receiver.
On a more positive note, left cornerback Chris Houston, who has been bothered by a hamstring injury, was active and expected to start.
Right tackle Jason Fox was also active for the first time since Week 1. He was expected to get the start over Corey Hilliard, though the team didn't make that official.
Also inactive for the Lions were cornerback Jonte Green, quarterback Kellen Moore, receiver Nate Burleson, offensive linemen Leroy Harris and LaAdrian Waddle and running back Mikel Leshoure.