CALVIN JOHNSON HINTS HE PLAYED WITH A CONCUSSION
Calvin Johnson didn't come right out and say it, but he indicated in a radio interview Thursday that he played with a concussion against Minnesota two weeks ago.
Talking on the Stoney and Bill show on 97.1 The Ticket, Johnson addressed the helmet-to-helmet hit he took from Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway.
“He rung my bell pretty good, he got me, he caught me around the chin, that was a good hit,” said Johnson, who was visibly rocky after the collision. “It’s a part of football, you get concussed, you gotta keep on playing. You can’t get afraid to go across the middle any more than you were at the beginning.”
Greenway was fined $21,000 for the hit, and admitted that he was in the wrong, but said the helmet-to-helmet contact wasn't intentional.
Johnson went on to say he was given a concussion test on the sideline, which he discounted as not being tough to pass.
“They come and do the little test with the finger," said Johnson of having team personnel track his eye movements. "(They) ask you what day, what game it is, stuff like that.”
Lions coach Jim Schwartz told reporters Thursday that Johnson was thoroughly checked.
“Our evaluation was he was not concussed, he was thoroughly checked, we are very strong in our evaluation," schwartz said. "He was cleared to go back in the game . . . We are very strong in our evaluation. We are, we as an organization, we have some credibility when it comes to concussions, so just leave it at that.”