During the Fox broadcast of the Lions’ Thanksgiving Day win over the Packers, sideline reporter Erin Andrews said she was told by general manager Martin Mayhew that Calvin Johnson had been getting fluid drained from his knee throughout the season.
It’s been the organization’s policy not to discuss injuries publicly, so coach Jim Schwartz wasn’t about to shed any more light on the situation.
“You know me, the answer is no, no and no,” he said. “I wasn’t around or watching TV during those reports.”
Still, he did not deny it. Talking generally about players and what they go through to play each week, Schwartz said, “I don’t know that (fluid draining) is unusual for players in the NFL. This goes back as long as I’ve been here or maybe as long as I’ve been in the NFL. There are a lot of players that have stuff like that required to get them to game day.
“But I don’t comment on any individual player’s injury situation.”
It sounds as if this has been going on for a while now, so owners shouldn't be too concerned about this given Johnson's production this season.