The Chiefs have imposed a two-week suspension on running back Larry Johnson.
And Johnson will be challenging the suspension immediately.
“We will be filing an appeal tomorrow,” agent Peter Schaffer told us by phone tonight. “It is our belief that the action did not warrant the discipline unilaterally imposed by the Chiefs. We’ll be asking for an expeditied hearing, and hopefully we can work out a positive, mutual resolution with the Chiefs. If not, we’ll defer to the arbitrator’s decision. Larry’s desire is to get back to his teammates as soon as he can.”
Unlike league-imposed suspensions, which ultimately are appealed to the Commissioner, suspensions imposed by the team are reviewed by an independent arbitrator.
Johnson is banished from the team until November 9. If the suspension is upheld, he’ll miss only one game — November 8 at Jacksonville.