Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson was out for their divisional showdown against the Packers on Sunday.
The team’s leading receiver had been sidelined two days last week with a knee injury before participating in practice on a limited basis Friday. He had been listed as questionable.
The Lions were already without Nate Burleson because of a forearm injury. Johnson has 21 catches for 312 yards and four touchdowns, while Burleson had 19 catches for 239 yards. Detroit’s next leading wideout is former Georgia receiver Kris Durham with five catches for 102 yards.
Johnson missed a game for the first time since 2010.
EAGLES: Quarterback Michael Vick left Sunday’s game against the New York Giants with a left hamstring injury.
Vick grabbed his left hamstring while gaining 13 yards on a running play in the second quarter. He finished that series and began the Eagles’ next possession, but left after one incomplete pass. He was questionable to return.
BLACKOUT: The lights went out on the Baltimore Ravens again Sunday, this time in their postgame interview room.
Coach John Harbaugh was talking about his team’s 26-23 victory at Miami when quarterback Joe Flacco – waiting to speak next – leaned against a switch and inadvertently turned the lights off.
“I was thinking, ‘deja vu all over again,’” Harbaugh said to laughter.
The lights quickly came back on, but a short time later they went out again – this time because linebacker Terrell Suggs had leaned against the same switch.
“Suggs got us that time,” a grinning Harbaugh said. “It wasn’t the commissioner.”
A partial blackout in the Super Bowl last season delayed the Ravens’ victory over San Francisco, leading to some conspiracy theories about whether the NFL wanted to help the 49ers rally.
JAGUARS: Rookie offensive tackle Luke Joeckel will miss the rest of the season because of a broken right ankle.
Joeckel was injured in the first quarter of a 34-20 loss to the Rams on Sunday. He was taken off the field on a cart.
49ERS: All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis sat out Sunday night’s game against the Houston Texans because of a strained groin.
PACKERS: Star linebacker Clay Matthews left the game against Detroit after the third quarter with a thumb injury.
Matthews sacked Matthew Stafford on the last play of the quarter on a third-and-9 at the 34 to push the Lions out of field-goal range. He jogged to the locker room with a trainer and did not return.
BRONCOS: Cornerback Chris Harris sustained a concussion and didn’t return for the second half of Denver’s game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.