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.