Former Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans will have a knee scope Tuesday to repair a meniscus he tore in Week 3, according to a league source, and seems a virtual certainty to hit the free-agent market this spring.
A torn meniscus is usually not a big deal, but it's another red flag for Johnson, who set a career low in YPC (3.9), though it might explain why he struggled running the ball. He turns 29 in September, so he may be disappointed with the type of deal he gets in free agency.
“I feel like if they are not going to use me the way I am supposed to be used and let me be the horse, then I would rather them let me move on. Their money would be wasted on me,” Johnson said. “I feel like if they are not going to use me right, let somebody get me that’s going to use me the right way.”
“I have to be fed. A lot of games I started getting hot and they took me out. I know a lot of people say I didn’t have any home runs this year. Well, those runs don’t come easy. They come once you keep getting the ball.”
Johnson is likely to be traded (or cut) this summer.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Titans HC Mike Munchak has been fired.
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The Titans believe that Locker will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury, a team source told NFL Media's Albert Breer on Sunday.
It's been a disappointing two weeks for those who played Locker. He suffered the injury while handing the ball off to Chris Johnson in the second quarter of Sunday's 29-27 loss. Locker wasn't touched on the play. He limped to the locker room and was replaced at quarterback by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitz played pretty well trying to catch up, and looks to be the starter going forward. There's not a ton of drop off here, and Fitzpatrick will probably fall in the QB2 range more weeks much like Locker did.
Considering the Titans are running 27.1 times a game, and 4.6 of those carries have been by the QB, giving Greene 15 carries would leave just 7.5 carries for Chris Johnson. We don't see this happening, as the "if all goes well" portion of the comment could mean that the team is hoping to run 35 times a game. Munchak's comments are worrisome, however, since Johnson isn't exactly lighting it up in the YPC department (3.2 YPC on 115 carries). This could be a 50/50 split going forward, which would put a serious dent in whatever value Johnson has left.
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Titans RB Shonn Greene (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 7. Greene may make his return this week. He could eat into Chris Johnson's upside if he sees more work than Jackie Battle has in recent weeks (5.5 touches per game over the last four weeks).
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Titans RB Shonn Greene (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Greene may make his return this week. He could eat into Chris Johnson's upside if he sees more work than Jackie Battle has in recent weeks (5.5 touches per game over the last four weeks).
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Titans head coach Mike Munchak said:
Shonn Greene, starting today, [will] be a lot more active. Now it's just a matter of seeing how [he handles] more activity. I think the rest part and the light stuff is over, and now he can get more into real football stuff, and now it's just a matter of how quickly he progresses without pain. We'll see how Shonn is this week running and how he handles and how his knee responds to more football-like activity."
Greene has been out since Week 2, and with Jackie Battle injured last week, the timing is good for the Titans and their struggling running game. The struggles could continue this week, though, in a late afternoon game against the 49ers. Greene is expected to go back to being the goal line back when he returns. Battle would be the team's RB3 behind Chris Johnson.
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