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Chris Johnson disputes report of arthritis in knee

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Jets running back Chris Johnson had knee surgery earlier this year, but he nevertheless passed a physical on his way out the door in Tennessee and on his way in the door in New York.

Despite being healthy enough to play professional football, that could change in time.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Jets have “some concerns” about Johnson’s knee.  Schefter specifically reports that the knee has arthritis.  Which means that cartilage is either gone or disappearing.  Which means that Johnson could have chronic issues with the knee as his career continues.

Johnson disputed the report during his introductory conference call with the Jets.  Johnson said there’s no arthritis in his knee.

Either way, it hasn’t stopped the Jets from reportedly paying Johnson $3 million to sign.  Or from paying him another $1 million in salary this year.  But it could put a cap on the number of years that Johnson will be able to play, for the Jets or anyone.

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36 Responses to “Chris Johnson disputes report of arthritis in knee”
  1. realnflmaster says: Apr 17, 2014 1:31 PM

    Jealous cheat fans trying to stir up controversy. Get ready to get run over this year!

  2. scoops1 says: Apr 17, 2014 1:32 PM

    Damaged Goods!!!!

  3. jetsfaninindy says: Apr 17, 2014 1:33 PM

    My guess is most NFL players will have arthritis
    for the rest of their lives!

  4. zeke2517 says: Apr 17, 2014 1:34 PM

    Eh. Two years, cut him whenever you want… No big deal.

  5. blamatina says: Apr 17, 2014 1:35 PM

    How you like me now?

  6. RexCanCoach says: Apr 17, 2014 1:39 PM

    Any NFL team looking at their stable of running backs longer than 2 years out is just kidding themselves anyway. For better or worse, you kindof have to take it year by year especially for running backs.

  7. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 17, 2014 1:39 PM

    Actually all people have arthritis to some extent just look in any anatomy/physiology text.

  8. nflsucker says: Apr 17, 2014 1:42 PM

    A whole backfield with arthritis issues wouldn’t look much different than last year’s bunch.

  9. indianajet says: Apr 17, 2014 1:53 PM

    It should be clarified that the 2nd year of this two year deal is a club option. So, the reality is Johnson is on a one year contract for $4 million.

    Not a bad deal for the Jets at all.

  10. Noel Thomas says: Apr 17, 2014 1:55 PM

    J.E.T.S. LAUGH LAUGH LAUGH

  11. floratiotime says: Apr 17, 2014 1:57 PM

    You don’t ‘have’ arthritis. Arthritis is just a name they gave to joint inflamation that they can’t explain. They could have called it anything.

  12. jbeagles23 says: Apr 17, 2014 1:59 PM

    I have arthritis in a toe and I literally can’t even tell. My wife has jjra which is arthritis in ever part (even the eyes) of the body. He could play great for a few years but like most players that play any sport hell feel it when he’s older

  13. itsfootballbaby says: Apr 17, 2014 2:03 PM

    Wow! Arthritis in an NFL player’s knee? I’m shocked.

  14. chawk12thman says: Apr 17, 2014 2:03 PM

    He would have two have his MRI/X-Ray’s released to show he doesn’t have it….Until then, speculation is all this is…… but the proof that it isn’t serious is the fact that they gave a big signing bonus and not a prove it type contract.

  15. kjets says: Apr 17, 2014 2:09 PM

    Arthritis puts him at sub-4.4 as opposed to 4.28… I’ll still take it!

  16. clevelandrocksyourface says: Apr 17, 2014 2:17 PM

    Johnson is a beast. I’m no Jets fan, but signing him was a great move.

  17. dublindemonszfl says: Apr 17, 2014 2:21 PM

    He does not dispute the fact that the packers suck.

  18. hehateme2 says: Apr 17, 2014 2:23 PM

    And so it begins. LOL jests.

  19. theclink12 says: Apr 17, 2014 2:29 PM

    Of course he disputes it.

    Like he is going to come out and admit “Yep my knee is arthritic.”

  20. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Apr 17, 2014 2:31 PM

    It might have been 45 years ago, but at least the Jets have won a Super Bowl. Something the vikings have NEVER done.

  21. pats777 says: Apr 17, 2014 2:32 PM

    Enjoy your 3.9 yards per carry RB, Jets fans. That would be dead last among all of last year’s RB’s in the AFC East.

  22. colv says: Apr 17, 2014 2:51 PM

    For Jets fan I’m hoping Chris is not Ed Reed in 2012. Everyone could see Ed was not his football self in the last half of the year including the Super Bowl. Texas in its zeal to win the big one leaped without inspecting the package. I’m not saying Ed lied about his health more so in denial. As a pilot in the AF we were in denial too with our health, because, if we went to the flight surgeon we may get grounded. That’s one word we avoided.

  23. thelastpieceofcheese says: Apr 17, 2014 2:55 PM

    Bye bye jets superbowl, playoffs, winning season!

  24. igotgamenj says: Apr 17, 2014 2:56 PM

    This guy has done nothing in 4 years and now all of sudden he is is going to be back to form..Get real Jets Fans

  25. ryann252013 says: Apr 17, 2014 3:05 PM

    lol @ all these people throwing out stats about his YPC being the lowest in the AFCE and how this is going to blow up in our faces. CJ2K WON’T BE A WORKHORSE.

    First of all Ivory and Johnson both know they are splitting carries, Johnson said it himself he seems a lot more humbled and willing to help the Jets win in every way he can. By the way with Ivory’s injury problems would you rather throw Chris Johnson out there with his skill set? or Bilal Powell who only knows how to run straight up the middle?

  26. whatnojets says: Apr 17, 2014 3:36 PM

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. ralphwilsonisrich says: Apr 17, 2014 3:41 PM

    I hope he likes playing in cold miserable weather.

  28. rbirving says: Apr 17, 2014 4:21 PM

    People tend to misunderstand arthritis. Arthritis simply means joint pain. There are a rainbow of types of arthritis.

    The average athelete puts their joints through a pounding during their career and the odds are very good that they will have some form of arthritis.

    If the report were to state he is showing signs of osteoarthritis, that would be a completely different animal. Arthritis? It could mean nothing more than he’s aging faster than the average human and his knee hurts sometimes.

  29. thefiesty1 says: Apr 17, 2014 4:44 PM

    That explains the drop in production. Too bad.

  30. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 17, 2014 4:58 PM

    Jets are making a fine effort to hold on to second place in the AFCE.

  31. lrjets says: Apr 17, 2014 6:11 PM

    pats777 says:
    Apr 17, 2014 2:32 PM
    Enjoy your 3.9 yards per carry RB, Jets fans. That would be dead last among all of last year’s RB’s in the AFC East.
    _____________________________

    How pathetic to troll here spewing your hate.
    Your life and the other haters must be ultra empty.

  32. lrjets says: Apr 17, 2014 6:14 PM

    THE New England Patriots have won the most games since 2010.

    Of the teams they beat and later faced in the playoffs, they went 2-7.

    Put that in your clam chowder.

    Oh, did you notice their window keeps closing more and more? Soon it’ll be like their first 50 years pre-Brady.

    Love these fun factoids.

  33. lrjets says: Apr 17, 2014 6:14 PM

    THE New England Patriots have won the most games since 2010.

    Of the teams they beat and later faced in the playoffs, they went 2-7.

    Put that in your clam chowder.

    Oh, did you notice their window keeps closing more and more? Soon it’ll be like their first 50 years pre-Brady.

    Love these fun factoids.

  34. joejones3175 says: Apr 17, 2014 6:52 PM

    c’mon, now N.E. fans, you’ve been a powerhouse for years! give credit where its due. Jets are havin a great offseason and the competition gonna be tight in the AFC EAST

    Viking 4 life

  35. themackstrong says: Apr 17, 2014 8:26 PM

    Once the media is out to get you, they will report anything to stir the pot about a player. No matter how unfounded or unrealistic and yet the trolls eat it all up.

  36. nytitans says: Apr 17, 2014 8:38 PM

    On any snap a career can end
    Johnson has gained over 1K in each of the last
    6 years. Lets Go Jets—with Vick dyker
    Ivory And receivers coming from the draft
    Jets should be very dynamic– if injuries occur
    We have Ivory and Powell. Geno, Nelson
    J.Kerley hill as more than adequate backups

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