The statuses for the two most valuable non-quarterback players to the NFL pointspreads are up in the air heading into the weekend, with Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson dealing with a knee injury and Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson away from the team dealing with personal issues.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, Peterson left the team this week and was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota due to a medical emergency involving a young family member. He's expected to return Friday and be with the team for Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers. However, the team has issued no official statement on his status for Sunday. Minnesota is set as a 1-point home favorite.
Johnson was a late scratch last Sunday, missing the Lions’ 22-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a knee injury. Books moved the spread for that game from Detroit +7.5 to +10 once news of Johnson’s absence hit the news wires.
The big WR practiced Friday, albeit limited, with no knee brace and has been upgraded to 'probable'.
According to Mike Perry, of Sportsbook.com, Peterson and Johnson are the two most valuable non-QB players to the spread, with Peterson worth around 3.5 points and Johnson at three. Overall, the two talents come in at eighth and ninth when considering the league’s top quarterbacks into those values.
“If you are were to include Calvin with quarterbacks, I would put him behind Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson,” says Perry. “After that, I would put in Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson and then more QBs like Jay Cutler, Kaepernick and RG3.”
While Peterson is expected to play in Week 6, Johnson’s status may not be revealed until just before the Lions kickoff against the Cleveland Browns Sunday. Johnson returned to practice Thursday and oddsmakers have Detroit set as a 1-point road favorite.