Megatron practices again: Good news for the Lions offense and, well, probably their entire organization as a whole. For the first time since sitting out Week 5, Calvin Johnson returned to the practice field Thursday. He’s likely to be a game-time decision as the Lions take a short trip to visit Cleveland. We all saw how lethargic Detroit’s offense looked without him. The good news is the Browns play an early game this week, so it’s not like you’ll have to wait around until a late afternoon game and then find out you got hosed. The bad news? Browns DB Joe Haden has shown a pretty good knack for covering the best WR on the opponent’s roster and shutting him down. Plus, it seems unlikely that Megatron will be at 100 percent even if he does play. You obviously have to start him if you own him, but this might be a good week to temper your Megatron expectations a bit.
Mathews also practicing: Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion early in San Diego’s middle-of-the-night game against the Raiders last Sunday, and the coaching staff pretty much hid his helmet on the sideline to prevent him from returning. Mathews also returned to practice today. He has been a huge disappointment this year, and I’m a two-time recovering owner of his. But the Colts sport the third-worst run defense in the league (129 ypg allowed), meaning the table is set for Mathews to have one of his better weeks if he’s good to go. Mathews will even get an extra day’s rest since the Chargers host the Colts on Monday night. Come on, Ryan. Let’s make sure the faith your owners put in you year after year isn’t permanently misguided. I’m at the point where I’m more prepared to trust a sleazy televangelist with my money than trust you against a bad run defense.
TE Bennett listed as questionable: Martellus Bennett has been dealing with a knee injury suffered last Sunday against the Saints, and he’s listed as a game-time decision for tonight’s contest against the Giants. Bennett hasn’t found the end zone since Week 2, and his production in the last three games has been hugely erratic. That could be a decent indication that opposing defensive coordinators have figured out how the Bears use him and can game-plan to stop him. Now might be a good time to sell high on Bennett if you own him. There will be takers out there, but I have an easy time envisioning his production remaining stagnant for some time.