August 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Lions' Calvin Johnson won't let NFL 'get in my pockets' for TD celebration fines

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson dunked over the goalpost to celebrate a touchdown a handful of times during his career but says he won't risk a fine now that it has been outlawed. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)

Allen Park — New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham received two fines totaling $33,075 for dunking over the goalpost twice in last week’s exhibition game at Atlanta, a touchdown celebration outlawed by the NFL this year.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has done the celebration a handful of times during his career, but he said he won’t risk a fine.

“I’m not letting them get in my pockets,” Johnson said.

During his career, Johnson has rarely celebrated after touchdowns, but he’s dunked after some of his most impressive scores. He also did the Usain Bolt lightning celebration after scoring against the Saints in the playoffs in 2011.

With dunking no longer an option, Johnson said his fellow receivers are coming up with potential alternate celebrations.

“Golden (Tate) and a couple guys were talking about coming up with something,” Johnson said. “You might see something from the receivers that everybody might do when we score. We’ll see.”

During his news conference Wednesday, Johnson said his health is “night and day” compared to last season when he dealt with regular knee and finger pain. After undergoing surgery for both issues this offseason, the Lions have taken precautionary measures to ensure he remains healthy, such as holding him out of a couple practices and the first two exhibition games.

Johnson will also wear a finger splint this season.

“It doesn’t affect me,” he said. “Doctors did a great job of making the thing so that it doesn’t affect the way I catch the ball.”

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