NFL Notes: Megatron, All Day, Redskins

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NFL Notes: Megatron, All Day, Redskins
October 10, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Calvin Johnson missed last Sunday's loss to Green Bay with a knee injury. (USA Today Images)

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Calvin Johnson was back on the practice field for the Detroit Lions. That doesn't mean his status for this weekend is even close to determined.

"I don't have any updates on him," coach Jim Schwartz said. "You guys saw what you saw."

Johnson was inactive in a loss at Green Bay last weekend because of an injured right knee. He didn't practice Wednesday, but he was on the field Thursday during the portion of practice open to reporters. Johnson didn't participate in every drill, but he did do some footwork and pass-catching exercises with other receivers.

"It feels good to be out there," Johnson said. "I'm feeling better, definitely. So we can just leave it at that."

Detroit lost 22-9 to the Packers without Johnson. The star receiver has 21 catches for 312 yards and four touchdowns on the season. The Lions play at Cleveland on Sunday.

"It certainly helps to have him out there," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. "That's the understatement of the day."

The Lions (3-2) had won two in a row before arriving in Green Bay, but Johnson was a surprising scratch. He'd given cryptic answers about his health a few days before the game, but Johnson had been banged up before and missed only one game since the start of the 2010 season.

Vikings: Peterson doesn't practice Thursday
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did not attend practice Thursday because of personal reasons. The team says he is expected to return on Friday.

The reigning NFL MVP is second in the NFL with 421 yards rushing. After an ordinary first three weeks by his lofty standards, Peterson rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns to help the Vikings get their first victory of the season two weeks ago against Pittsburgh.

The Vikings had the bye last week and Peterson returned to practice with the team on Wednesday in preparation for their game against Carolina.

Peterson's five touchdowns rushing lead the NFL.

Redskins: Name debate continues
ASHBURN, Va. -- The debate over the Washington Redskins name will follow the team on the road when it faces the rival Dallas Cowboys.

The Oneida Indian Nation said Thursday it will air a radio ad called "Bipartisan" on the Cowboys' flagship station ahead of Sunday's game.

The ad features President Barack Obama -- a Democrat -- saying he would think about changing the name if he owned the team, and Congressman Tom Cole -- a Republican -- saying the name is "offensive."

The ad is part of an anti-"Redskins" campaign slated to air in cities where the Redskins play on the road this season.

The Oneida Indian Nation is also planning to meet with NFL representatives about the name.

On Wednesday, Redskins owner Dan Snyder called the name "a badge of honor."

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