“He looks fresh, obviously. He’s moving around pretty good,” Campbell said. “So it’s really just about, we just need to get him more practices to make sure he’s ready to go, he's comfortable. We just don’t throw him out there to the wolves. I don’t necessarily see him going this week, but he’s good.”
Gardner-Johnson is just three months removed from tearing a pectoral muscle in the Lions’ Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks. He returned to practice this week for the first time, and gave an impassioned media session on Wednesday, expressing his excitement to join a team in the midst of a divisional title run.
“I might cry. I might cry,” Gardner-Johnson said. “You think about it, a lot of you guys—I don’t want to speak for everybody—but a lot of them haven’t experience a conference (sic) championship. So this is a step to feel like a winner. If you haven’t won anything—this is my fifth year. I’ve done won four divisions. Not to throw it in nobody’s face, but that’s the best feeling.”
Without Gardner-Johnson, the Lions are likely to have Ifeatu Melifonwu make his third consecutive start. Last week against the Broncos, Melifonwu tallied nine tackles, one sacks, two passes defended and a forced fumble.