A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk.com that Calvin Johnson did not play last season with broken fingers.
PFT's story is disputing a report from the Detroit News, which includes a Q-and-A with Megatron that contains no specific quote where he claims to have played with broken fingers. It's a non-issue at this point, of course. Johnson is 100 percent healthy. Still only 27 years old, he'll look to finish as the No. 1 overall fantasy receiver for a third consecutive season in 2013.
Calvin Johnson confirms he played through broken fingers last season, and has been "trying to straighten them out."
There were rumors that Johnson played through as many as three broken fingers, though he hasn't confirmed that number. He will not undergo surgery. Coupled with his knee issues, the disclosure makes Johnson's record-breaking 1,964-yard season all the more mind-boggling. Still four months shy of his 28th birthday, Megatron is smack dab in the middle of his prime. He's without peer at wide receiver.
MLive.com considers Ryan Broyles a breakout candidate this season.
Broyles is recovering from a torn right ACL, and the Lions' only notable offseason receiver addition was sixth-round pick Corey Fuller. They must feel comfortable with Broyles' progress. In a six-game stretch last season, Broyles caught 21 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Broyles is questionable for Week 1, but once he's back he'll have a ton of potential in the Lions' high-powered attack while working opposite Megatron.
Lions backup QB Shaun Hill is recovering from a minor offseason foot surgery.
Hill had surgery to repair a "nagging" injury. He expects to participate in some portions of OTAs and should be 100 percent by training camp. Hill, now 33 years old, is entering a contract season. As Matthew Stafford stayed healthy in 2012, Hill came off the bench for just one appearance, completing 10-of-13 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a September loss to Tennessee.
Reggie Bush believes the Lions' offense is a "lot like" the Saints'.
"It's a lot of spread-open passing," Bush said. "Obviously we can attack downfield, and with the running game, a lot of screens, draws and stuff like that. Basically what I did in New Orleans." He's not off-base, and it's one of the reasons we believe coach Jim Schwartz was realistic when he predicted Bush could catch as many as 80 passes this season. He's going to be a PPR dynamo.
Lions second-year CB Bill Bentley is rehabbing from surgery on both shoulders.
Bentley had surgery on his right shoulder in November and an arthroscopic procedure on his left shoulder in January. The Detroit Free Press expects Bentley to be the Lions' nickel back this season behind Darius Slay and Chris Houston.
Lions claimed CB De'Quan Menzie off waivers from the Chiefs.
A 2012 fifth-round pick of the Chiefs, Menzie's rookie season was a wash due to injury. A slot specialist, Menzie is a solid 5-foot-11, 202 pounds, but hast just 4.67 speed. It's why the Chiefs moved him to safety before shifting him back to corner. He's not a bad flier for the DB-needy Lions.