Megatron, Reggie Bush Ready and in London

After considerable speculation suggesting the Detroit Lions might put superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson on ice until Week 10, the team arrived in London earlier this week with all their big names present and accounted for.

Megatron arrived in London with his team-mates and appears to be pushing hard for a return to the playing field this Sunday as the Lions take on the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium.

“I’m back running,” Johnson said. “That’s a great thing for me right now.”

Johnson has missed the last two Lions games with a high ankle sprain but did undergo a lengthy pre-game workout ahead of Detroit’s Week 7 win over New Orleans. He was put through his paces for quite some time last weekend, including running and hopping on his injured ankle.

Looking ahead to the game in London this weekend, Johnson added: “This is going to be great. The British NFL fans have got a treat coming because there are so many great wide receivers who are going to be on the field at Wembley Stadium.”

Reggie Bush has also been battling an ankle injury but is ready to go and he is especially keen to play in London having missed the New Orleans Saints game at Wembley in 2008 due to a knee injury.

Bush tweeted:

“I feel like a kid on a field trip. I’m happy to be back. Let’s get this win.”

The Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions clash in regular season action at Wembley on Sunday October 26, with the game kicking off at 1:30pm BST.

Neil Reynolds
Neil Reynolds has covered the NFL as a journalist and broadcaster since 1991. He currently serves as co-host of the NFL coverage on Sky Sports and has also co-presented BBC Radio 5 Live’s coverage of American football. Reynolds has worked for British football magazines Gridiron and First Down and has also written for American organisations such as the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Pittsburgh Post-Press Gazette, NFL.com and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He currently writes for SkySports.com, nfluk.com and the International Series gameday magazines and has interviewed some of the biggest names in American football including Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, John Elway, Andrew Luck and Adrian Peterson. Reynolds also hosts NFL UK’s popular ‘Fan Nights’ series and live events such as the NFL on Regent Street and Trafalgar Square Fan Rally, as well as Tailgate Parties at Wembley Stadium.
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