In 2013, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson racked up 84 catches, 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns despite missing two games and despite dealing with multiple injuries. He had his struggles with drops at times, but he was once again the Lions' biggest offensive threat even though he was nowhere near 100 percent healthy.
On Wednesday, Johnson provided some details on what exactly he dealt with during the 2013 season. We already knew that he had finger surgery and knee surgery earlier in the offseason, but Johnson explained just how severe his injuries were. From ESPN:
"It bothered me enough to where I had to get [the right knee] drained every week," Johnson said Wednesday. "The finger, it was stuck at 90 degrees. It's good to have those things freed up right now."
Johnson continued to perform at a high level despite hardly even practicing last season. There were times when he didn't look all that sharp, though, and I suppose that makes sense when you consider the issues he had with his knee and finger. Those injuries bothered him throughout the 2013 season, and he looked pretty beat up at times.
For 2014, just imagine what Johnson will be able to do now that he's fully healthy. If he can go for nearly 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns in only 14 games despite having a busted-up finger and an injured knee, then perhaps another run at 2,000 yards will be possible this year if he is able to stay healthy throughout 2014.