Touchdown rates are very hard things to keep consistent for wide receivers and tight ends. Just ask Laurent Robinson and Mercedes Lewis; who played for the Jaguars last night. Any fantasy football player and any Detroit Lion fan can tell stories about how the lack of touchdowns from Calvin Johnson has been maddening (I just couldn't help it, sorry). As it turns out, all of those people can blame the Minnesota Vikings.
So, nerve damage is the issue for the superstar wideout. Nerve damage is why Matt Stafford still has not thrown a touchdown to him this season. His lone tally came with Shuan Hill playing relief for an injured Stafford in the Tennessee game.
Of course, the explanation that Johnson gave for the resulting effects of the hits by Harrison Smith and Chad Greenway is not the only story here. He also gave a little nugget about how the hit from Greenway resulted in a concussion (and a $21,000 fine for the Minnesota linebacker). Jim Schwartz refuted the claim:
Johnson said he suffered a concussion from the Greenway hit, though Lions coach Jim Schwartz said for the second time today that wasn’t the case.