The Detroit Lions kept wide receivers Roy Williams (sore hamstring) and Mike Furrey (knee) out of Tuesday's practice sessions. That gave rookie Calvin Johnson the opportunity to work with the first-team offense and quarterback Jon Kitna.
Head coach Rod Marinelli expects Williams and Furrey to play in Saturday's preseason contest at Cleveland, but he didn't deny the possibility that Johnson could line-up beside the two against the Browns.
"(He's) close -- we're evaluating him there," said Marinelli, who used Johnson with the second and third team offense in last week's win over Cincinnati. "We'll just kind of let it play out, see how he works.
"The biggest thing is, like we did with Ernie (Sims) last year, we just want to work him in there (and let him) earn it; we know what he's doing and obviously he's a special player."
Johnson has grasped the offense quickly since joining almost a week and a half late due to contract negotiations. The coaching staff has been pleased with the No. 2 overall pick's quickness, and crisp route-running.
He recorded two catches for 45-yards against the Bengals.
In the event that Furrey is unable to play, Marinelli was non-committal.
"Right now we're just working on just getting the work done, day-by-day," he said.
The Lions also held linebacker Boss Bailey out of practice to "rest him down a bit," according to Marinelli. In the meantime, the team continues to evaluate the status of linebacker Teddy Lehman. Lehman, who has spent the better part of his career in Detroit injured, could return to the field on Saturday.
The same might not be said for defensive end Kalimba Edwards, who rolled his ankle on Tuesday. His status is day-to-day.