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Chris Johnson plays sick, teammate compares him to Michael Jordan

Chris Johnson, Chris Hoke AP

Titans running back Chris Johnson is finally getting back to form after a dreadful start to the season, and after a big game on Sunday his teammates were raving that he did it all while he was sick as a dog.

Johnson told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean that he’s been so sick that he hadn’t eaten a full meal in a week and had lost 10 pounds.

I can’t lie, I felt weak out there. It was pretty hard to practice all week,” Johnson said. “It was the flu or something, I don’t know, but it was bad. I just had to push through it because we have to continue to win if we want to make the playoffs.”

Titans receiver Damian Williams compared Johnson to Michael Jordan, who in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals scored 38 points in 44 minutes while battling a serious case of the flu.

“Michael Jordan put up 50 points when he was sick,” Williams said. “What C.J. did, that’s a testament to him, to come out and keep working. We are definitely proud of him. People have been on him all year about not having the production they think he should have, but he’s pushed through it, and he kept fighting.”

Whatever Johnson is doing recently, it’s working. He has 486 yards in the last four games after gaining just 366 yards in the fight eight games of the season. And he has the Titans back in the playoff race.

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33 Responses to “Chris Johnson plays sick, teammate compares him to Michael Jordan”
  1. ud1hens says: Dec 5, 2011 3:06 PM

    Where is the “pump the brakes” emoticon on here?

  2. sneschalmers says: Dec 5, 2011 3:06 PM

    “Whatever Johnson is doing recently, it’s working.” Do you mean “playing against weak run defenses?”

  3. test2402 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:08 PM

    Normal people get sick sometimes. Tim Tebow doesn’t get sick. Tim Tebow is beyond normal people. God likes Tim Tebow.

  4. jr82632 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:09 PM

    I never doubted him, started him since week 1. Just too bad it took him this long! He’s carrying me and his team into the playoffs! haha

  5. mrbeefhead says: Dec 5, 2011 3:09 PM

    It’s amazing what CJ2k can accomplish when he tries a little harder than he has the rest of the year…

  6. grandpoopah says: Dec 5, 2011 3:13 PM

    I can’t help but notice how quickly the CJ haters have vanished from the comments section on PFT. He had a lousy start to the season but, unlike Desean Jackson, he kept plugging away through the rough patches and is now back to being the elite back that he was during the previous three seasons.

  7. dbones750 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:14 PM

    That’s what ECU ballers do.

  8. edmazeing1 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:14 PM

    I played uncharted 3 sick last week beat 9 chapters in one day, my friends was calling me lazy!!!

  9. stephen031 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:14 PM

    Wow, sounds like a guy who laid down and quit once he got his money.

  10. cjspiller12 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:16 PM

    Yeah, whatever………..blah, blah, blah, blah.

  11. 46defense says: Dec 5, 2011 3:16 PM

    There is one MJ. Nice job Chris, but there is no comparison.

  12. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 5, 2011 3:17 PM

    I totally agree. Playing week 13 in the regular season against a team in a 5 game losing streak is exactly the same as playing in game 5 of the NBA finals.

    Shooting 13-of-27 from the field, Jordan finished with 38 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, in 44 minutes. He also had seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

    Never compare yourself to Jordan.

  13. cletusvandam says: Dec 5, 2011 3:17 PM

    Unfortunately for Chris Johnson he can’t play Buffalo, Carolina, and Tampa Bay EVERY week…

  14. captainwisdom8888 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:20 PM

    thats rich

  15. jackblackshairyback says: Dec 5, 2011 3:21 PM

    Can someone forward this to Peyton Hillis and his agent?

  16. ProDolphinsTalk says: Dec 5, 2011 3:25 PM

    Where are all the Chris Johnson haters now? This guy is ELITE. He’s not the only team or player to start slow this year. Lockout + Holdout + Hamstring equal the product you got the first 10 games of the year. He’s human and he’s also one of the top 3 backs in the league. I hope that PFT article about him getting cut next year rings true because I can guarantee 31 other teams would jockey hard for this guy.

  17. wtfchiefs says: Dec 5, 2011 3:28 PM

    Chris Johnson is not MJ.

    MJ was not a human, Chris Johnson is merely a mortal.

  18. rdawg911 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:36 PM

    Bling Bling

  19. obie09 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:39 PM

    What about when he ran well against the Bengals 4 weeks ago when he started to play better? Oh of course let’s just say he’s only playing better against weaker teams. He’s doing what he’s supposed to do and surpassing what others have done against those defense. Give him credit for continuing to work hard and not give up like some other players around the league.

  20. cgalaxy says: Dec 5, 2011 3:45 PM

    “People have been on him all year about not having the production they think he should have….”

    I’m pretty sure they were right to “think” he should have a lot more production than he did, considering the holdout, contract, and reputation. At least he’s starting to do it now–better late than never!

  21. claydefayette says: Dec 5, 2011 3:50 PM

    “He had a lousy start to the season but, unlike Desean Jackson, he kept plugging away through the rough patches”

    The situations are different. CJ2K got paid, DJackson is waiting on his check. He should have just held out and it would have looked for him personally because of the Eagles sucking.

  22. pooskay says: Dec 5, 2011 3:53 PM

    Better late than never? Late is never.

    The Titans are not making the playoffs.

  23. jerseyshoregiant says: Dec 5, 2011 3:55 PM

    Except everybody knows that Jordan being sick was complete BS!

  24. sbxxix says: Dec 5, 2011 3:57 PM

    Good for him. It seems like it may just be money well spent for the Titans. We’ll see if he keeps that up for the years left on his contract

  25. peytonsneck18 says: Dec 5, 2011 4:04 PM

    But didnt he want to be payed as the top playmaker in the NFL?? Isn’t he just now earning his new money???

  26. savagenation2011 says: Dec 5, 2011 4:13 PM

    I wouldn’t compare him to Michael Jordan………maybe Michael Spinks

  27. waggs12 says: Dec 5, 2011 5:15 PM

    I’m still not impressed. I’ll continue to be a CJ “hater” (I think he’s a selfish punk but I don’t hate him) until he redeems himself for nearly an entire season of no production. It’s amazing how quickly everyone is back to praising him when just 2 weeks ago he was the biggest villain and crook in the NFL. He still has a long way to go to make me think he’s any good. I still say he’s done and a bust. Everyone that jumped back on his bandwagon, bring on the thumbs down.

  28. stephen031 says: Dec 5, 2011 7:26 PM

    The weak defenses excuse is garbage. Before these last 4 weeks, he had performances like 14 carries for 34 yards against the Colts, 13 carries for 21 yards against the Broncos, etc. Now that the line is finally allowing him time to find a crease (instead of getting him smacked in the backfield once he gets it), he’s able to utilize his speed. Never was a guy to explode right to the hole, even in his 2,000 yard year. Now that him and the OL are on the same page, it’s clear that the running game is back and much improved.

  29. goblue714 says: Dec 5, 2011 8:59 PM

    With all the money the titans pay him i’d expect him to be wheeled out on the field while in a coma.

  30. truthserum4u says: Dec 6, 2011 3:46 AM

    ProDolphinsTalk says:Dec 5, 2011 3:25 PM

    Where are all the Chris Johnson haters now? This guy is ELITE. He’s not the only team or player to start slow this year. Lockout + Holdout + Hamstring equal the product you got the first 10 games of the year. He’s human and he’s also one of the top 3 backs in the league. I hope that PFT article about him getting cut next year rings true because I can guarantee 31 other teams would jockey hard for this guy.

    ————————————————

    Settle down!

    He ran for big yardage against three of the nine worst run defenses in the league in that span (Carolina, Tampa Bay & Buffalo). The fourth team was Atlanta, and he ran for a mighty 13 yards on 12 carries on them! Old man Hasselbeck ran for four more yards on just one carry in the same game.

  31. pigskinswag says: Dec 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    Peyton Hillis disapproves.

  32. obie09 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:00 PM

    @truthserum4u

    You clearly didn’t watch the game and only stat watch. The o-line got man handled and CJ was hit for a 3-4 yard loss or more on almost half of his carries. Why do you think Munchak was yelling at his o-line, a few players individually after this game?

  33. truthserum4u says: Dec 7, 2011 6:00 AM

    @ obie09

    AD deals with that every game and he still produces quite well the last time I checked.

    The point is Johnson’s big production has come against sub-standard run defenses. Everything else is offered up as excuses.

    “The Lockout affected him.” Like no one else was affected.

    “The holdout has affected him.” Whose fault is that? Peterson didn’t holdout.

    “His hammy is bothering Him.” Wow, what are the odds that he’s the only RB who is banged up?

    “It’s his O-line’s fault.” This one really cracks me up since these guys have been considered one of the best over the last several years. Peterson has been running behind a sub-par O-line for years!

    Maybe he’ll get back to his prior self, but he sure has to do it against better competition before that can be claimed.

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