ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — As one of just six NFC teams with a winning record, the Detroit Lions' solid start has put them in a position to have a successful season.
The Lions (3-2) haven't dropped two straight games and hope to keep it that way at Cleveland (3-2) after losing on the road to the Green Bay Packers.
"The best thing we can do is not let one loss turn into two," running back Reggie Bush said Wednesday. "We knew what was at stake last week, so now our sense of urgency has to go up."
The motivated Lions might have to play without All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson again. Johnson didn't practice Wednesday, three days after being inactive in a loss at Green Bay because of an injured right knee.
"Whether he gets back on the practice field or not, the determination may not even come until Sunday," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.
Bush said it's hard to replace what Johnson does for Detroit's offense, but the team is getting ready for Plan B in case he can't play against the Browns.
"We have to prepare as if he's not going to play," Bush said.
The Lions know receiver Nate Burleson won't play in Week 6, but they did see him on the practice field catching tennis balls on Wednesday a day after the cast on his broken left arm was removed. Burleson is out indefinitely and is trying to provide an emotional lift for his teammates while he gets healthy enough to play.
"I'm not due to be back on the field yet, but I can run," he said. "I just want to be out there for the guys and lead and talk to them even if it's just a little bit of encouragement seeing me out there running around. Every little bit helps. We got to win this game."
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