Megatronsat out Wednesday's practice after missing the team's Week 6 trouncing of the Minnesota Vikings. Saddled with a high ankle sprain, he was no more than an on-field decoy against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in Detroit's previous two tilts. Johnson remains a candidate to be shelved through the team's Week 9 bye in order to fully recover for the stretch run.
Other injuries we're tracking on this fine Wednesday:
- Robert Griffin III (ankle) did individual drills Wednesday. Coach Jon Gruden said the signal-caller "looked fine" and "had a little bounce to his step." Gruden outlined the game plan for RGIII's return, saying that the quarterback will resume his starting role "once they say he's healthy and he practices with us and we feel like he's ready to go mentally." However, the coach added that he's not sure when that will be. "It could be one week two weeks, it could be five weeks. I don't know yet," Gruden said.
The Redskins also welcomed back wideout Leonard Hankerson on the heels of his long rehab from knee surgery, per Mike Jones of The Washington Post. Meanwhile, Trent Williams did not practice, while Brian Orakpo was a full go. Meanwhile, David Amerson said he feels good and expects to play Sunday, per The Washington Post.
- Jason Garrett told reporters that quarterback Tony Romo is "a little sore" after Sunday's epic win over the Seahawks, but the Cowboys' coach still thinks "he'll be OK" to face the Giantson Sunday, per the New York Post. Romo regularly misses practice on Wednesdays, and this week was no exception. On PFT Live, Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the signal-caller may miss Thursday's practice as well, as he's also dealing with a rib injury. Still, we'd be stunned if he didn't suit up against Big Blue.
- Pete Carroll said that Seahawks tight end Zach Miller and center Max Ungerwill not make the trip to St. Louis this weekend. Niether Miller nor Unger practiced Wednesday. Also from the Seattle front: Carroll said that middle linebacker Bobby Wagner is not expected back for a few more weeks, but cornerback Byron Maxwell is recovering faster than expected (though he also did not practice Wednesday).
- Calais Campbellstarted jogging Wednesday. According to Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, the team will be careful in the defensive end's comeback. Campbell suffered an MCL sprain in a chop block -- which Arians called the "dirtiest play" he's seen in his 37 years of coaching football -- during Arizona's Week 5 game against the Broncos.
- NFL Media's Desmond Purnell offered an update on Cowboys offensive lineman Tyron Smith, who has been dealing with an ankle injury. Smith walked with a limp during practice and did not partake in team drills. However, the injury isn't believed to be serious and Dallas expects Smith to play Sunday, per Purnell, via a source with knowledge of the injury.