Calvin Johnson revealed to the Detroit Free Press that he is suffering from possible nerve damage after sustaining a concussion in Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings. Johnson feels that it has affected his ability to haul in passes that he has dropped this season.
“No, actually had some nerve damage so that was kind of messing up my grip a little bit,” he said. “Not to blame it on that, but I think that the concussion maybe could have had something to do with some of that damage I had going on.”
Johnson leads the league in dropped passes with eight on the year. Last season he finished 21st overall in drops with seven.
While this news is concerning on a number of levels, Johnson says that the issue with the nerve damage is clearing up a bit and he's getting the feeling back in his hands.
“It’s definitely coming back, feeling a lot better, but it’s the middle of the season,” Johnson said.
FANTASY IMPACT: It is simply unbelievable that Johnson has yet to catch a touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford. Johnson has been dealing with a lingering knee injury, as well as this new injury relating to nerve damage. It appears as though Megatron is fighting off the Madden curse.
Even with the significant injuries Johnson has endured this season, he trails only Reggie Wayne (835) and Brandon Marshall (797) in receiving yards with 767.
Without question, the Johnson owner is frustrated about the lack of touchdowns this season. Johnson is an ideal "buy low" candidate—as much as Johnson can be considered a "buy low."
With Stafford looking much improved over the past two weeks, now would be the time to acquire Megatron if you can. On pace to eclipse 1,500 yards, he will no doubt see a sharp spike in his touchdown stats soon.