Calvin Johnson stretches on the field Sunday in Cleveland as the Lions prepared to take on the Browns. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Cleveland -- The Lions got off to a much better start this week.
Calvin Johnson, the Lions’ All-Pro receiver who missed last week with a right knee injury, was active and ready to play.
Unlike last Sunday in Green Bay, Johnson had a lot more pep in his step during his pre-game warm-up session. He even ran routes, which he didn't do at all last week.
It remained to be seen how big a role he will be able to play, but coach Jim Schwartz said he wouldn't play Johnson unless he was physically able to perform his normal role. He said he wouldn't use him as any type of decoy.
The Lions were without three other starters on offense – receiver Nate Burleson (forearm), tight end Tony Scheffler (concussion) and right tackle Jason Fox (knee).
Also inactive Sunday were running back Theo Riddick (concussion), quarterback Kellen Moore, offensive lineman Leroy Harris and cornerback Jonte Green.
The Browns were without starting linebacker Jabaal Sheard. Rookie Barkevious Mingo started in his place.