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Chris Johnson to have surgery for torn meniscus

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Titans running back Chris Johnson will have surgery this week for a torn meniscus.

Johnson told Jim Wyatt ‏of the Tennessean that the procedure is “minor” and will repair an issue that he played through for almost all of the 2013 season.

“It’s nothing major. A lot of people don’t know I been playing with it since week 3 of the season,” Johnson told Wyatt.

Johnson started all 16 games but averaged a career-low 3.9 yards a carry last season. Based on that disappointing season, and his 2014 salary of $8 million, the Titans are expected to ask Johnson to take a pay cut, and release him if he refuses. Jason La Canfora of CBS reports that Johnson isn’t inclined to take a pay cut and will therefore almost certainly get cut.

That would make Johnson one of the most interesting free agents in the NFL this year. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll make the kind of money that he’s been making the last three years, and if teams believe that 3.9 yards per carry average is an indication that Johnson is in decline, he’s not going to make anything even close to that. On the other hand, all it takes is one team to think Johnson still has a lot left at age 28, and he could earn himself another big contract. Probably somewhere other than Tennessee.

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26 Responses to “Chris Johnson to have surgery for torn meniscus”
  1. JackedUpSports says: Jan 27, 2014 8:53 AM

    the dude’s on his last leg…literally

  2. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 27, 2014 8:53 AM

    He has plenty of gas left in the tank, so maybe he’ll be like Randy Moss and start playing with passion and discipline at the end of his career. If so, too bad we didn’t experience him being the full package at Tennessee. Such a waste of stellar talent.

    -Titans Fan

  3. nyninerfan says: Jan 27, 2014 9:05 AM

    I’d like to hear Chris Johnson say meniscus.

  4. azjam says: Jan 27, 2014 9:08 AM

    His days of a big contract are over. I can see some team giving him a one year deal at a bargain price around $3 million.

  5. stigman2012 says: Jan 27, 2014 9:12 AM

    Maybe the Bengals can take him and get a couple of years out of him like they did Cedric Benson.

  6. leatherface2012 says: Jan 27, 2014 9:30 AM

    WHAT GAME IS AARON RODGERS PLAYING IN AGAIN THIS WEEKEND? oh the same one the texans are in

  7. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 27, 2014 9:33 AM

    He got paid and stopped playing. If he’s playing for a contract he could do something.

  8. mrstinkypants says: Jan 27, 2014 9:43 AM

    Cardinals could use him. They have one of the worst RB depth charts in the NFL.

  9. 4allintensivepurposes says: Jan 27, 2014 9:47 AM

    Miami Dolphins

  10. dapollock69 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:01 AM

    He’s a smarter man than me. At least he didn’t have to leave the Titans before he got paid and quit.

    Al Haynesworth

  11. floratiotime says: Jan 27, 2014 10:21 AM

    This is one of the top 10 worst signings in NFL history.

  12. bennyb82 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:27 AM

    He should have just said he’s been playing with it for the last 3 years…

  13. jdouble777 says: Jan 27, 2014 10:31 AM

    This is Reggie Bush 2.0, IMO. He will finally get onto an offense with a legit QB and explode back into fantasy in a big way possible. He is way better than Steven Jackson at this point, would be very interesting to see him in that offense. I’m a Redskin fan, we have the best butler in football, so no need, but if we were I would be at least listening. I would say he is worth exactly the contract Reggie got, whatever that was.

  14. footballalldayeveryday says: Jan 27, 2014 10:39 AM

    Cleveland might be inclined. Perhaps even NYJ

  15. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 27, 2014 11:03 AM

    Jdouble777 said:

    “Chris Johnson will finally get onto an offense with a legit QB and explode back into fantasy in a big way possible.”

    [Cue long pause with sound of crickets.]

    Um … “legit QBs” like Vince Young and his backup Kerry Collins? You know … the QBs Chris Johnson had during his three strong seasons. The latest QBs had nothing to do with CJ not being a team player or taking plays off.

    -Titans Fan Since Memphis

  16. weepingjebus says: Jan 27, 2014 11:27 AM

    Welcome to the Jets.

  17. dodohead418 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:28 AM

    He is speedy for sure, but with that speed comes greed!

  18. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:30 AM

    He is gonna go to Miami. Watch.

    And I thought it looked he was running lame all year… Thought maybe it was just his lame effort… apparently it was a torn meniscus AND his lame effort.

  19. vikingdoode says: Jan 27, 2014 11:42 AM

    4-6 WEEKS yeah I had two repairs mind you im an old fart but it took 11 months before I felt normal. If they just shaved it off and cut out the tissue or did the stitch the tissue together… big difference in recovery.

  20. greggfletch1 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:43 AM

    Selfish player. I have a torn meniscus. Going to fix it in feb. Two incisions, have to be off my feet for two days, and pretty much fully healed in 2 weeks. I have some sort of discomfort in that knee almost all day long, I cant even imagine planting and cutting on it. He should have sat himself and be back in three weeks. Would never want that player on my team. He single handedly screwed the Titans.

  21. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:04 PM

    @greggfletch1– I can single handedly screw someone too, but that won’t mean I’m the only one doing it… think about that…

  22. jayniner says: Jan 27, 2014 12:13 PM

    Sure it’s not a torn labium?

  23. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:40 PM

    So the Titans are going to offer him a pay cut. Here’s what’s going to happen:

    1. The Titans will offer him a pay cut from $8 million to about $5 million.
    2. Chris Johnson will refuse.
    3. The Titans will cut Chris Johnson.
    4. Chris Johnson will hunt for a new team. He’ll hem and haw and whine that he’s being undervalued but then he’ll sign for about $2.5 million somewhere and be a good “role player.”

    See James Harrison and about every other aging free agent for examples of this.

  24. 4greatestvikingever says: Jan 27, 2014 1:26 PM

    Insert fork.

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 27, 2014 2:36 PM

    Sorry for week 16 they reported a knee injury for Johnson, that was the only week after 3 that he was on the report.

  26. mdobrasz says: Jan 27, 2014 9:23 PM

    He’ll go play for hoodie boy and flame out in a year after banking the league minimum

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