Lions' Johnson expects to play despite injury

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson and safety Louis Delmas were both withheld from Wednesday's practice.

ALLEN PARK -- After rolling his left ankle in the Detroit Lions victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Calvin Johnson sat out Wednesday's practice session.

Johnson seemed to be fine walking around in the locker room but the team wanted to give the swelling time to reduce to avoid any further complications.

"I'm walking fine," said Johnson. "It's just you've got to get the swelling out before you can do anything.

If you don't get that out, it'll just blow back up. Then I'll be down for even longer."

When asked if expected to play on Sunday, the 6-foot-5 receiver confidently replied "yes".

After an 88-yeard receiving performance with two touchdowns, the team is simply being cautious with their superstar receiver.

"I'm treating it every morning and every afternoon trying to get it to heal," said Johnson.

Johnson is fully expected to suit up and play a significant role this Sunday as the Lions host the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kyle Vanden Bosch was also sidelined as part of a season-long plan to give the veteran defensive end Wednesdays off.

Louis Delmas was the Lions only other starter to take practice off. The safety suffered a minor hip injury during Sunday's contest. Although there has been no official word, Delmas' injury is not believed to be serious.

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