Thursday, December 22, 2011, 6:47pm
Titans RB Chris Johnson (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. The Titans are expecting that Johnson won't be himself this week and Jamie Harper is expected to see a bigger role than usual against the Jaguars. Johnson reportedly looked fine running, but cutting will be an issue.
Johnson took part in individual drills prior to practice, and Coach Mike Munchak is still expecting the fourth-year pro to play Saturday against the Jaguars at LP Field.
“We’re assuming he is,” Munchak said. “Today was encouraging because even he thought he would be sorer than he was. Again, it’s the old ‘he’s progressing like you’d hoped he would.’ We’ll see how he is (Thursday) when he starts doing some cutting. If he doesn’t have any soreness from that, then we should be in good shape.”
Munchak acknowledged that Johnson is likely to be at less than 100 percent on Saturday, meaning rookie Jamie Harper should see more action.
“We’re assuming Harper will get more carries than he normally would — just because we’re assuming C.J. will be somewhat not himself,” Munchak said. “If for some reason C.J. is not even able to suit up … I would think we’d want Harper to get the majority of the carries depending on how much we run the ball.”
On this news, Johnson is looking like a fringe RB2 this week. The matchup is solid, but expectations need to be low due to his bad ankle and reduced workload.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 7:51pm
Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 8:04pm
Running back Chris Johnson was held out of practice on Tuesday and said his right ankle remains sore.
Johnson suffered a sprained ankle in the latter stages of Sunday’s game, but said he expects to play on Saturday against the Jaguars.
“I think I should be good enough to go,’’ he said. “It’s pretty sore – I haven’t ran on it and … yesterday I was limping pretty bad. But I am doing much better.”
“Any running who runs for over 1,000 yards, it puts you up there in a group with elite running backs,’’ he said. “Even though I am not having the best of years to go over 1,000 yards, that’s something a lot of people thought probably wouldn’t happen this year.”
Chris Johnson will be questionable this week with ankle.
An update since the last post, Javon Ringer has been placed on IR, ending his season. So if Johnson can't go, Jamie Harper could see a heavy workload and Herb Donaldson could also be in the mix. Either way, it's a messy fantasy situation with the Titans offensive line failing to open up holes all season long.
Friday, December 16, 2011, 7:08pm
Friday, December 16, 2011, 1:58pm
In the past month, he has had games of 130, 190 and 153 yards.
"I ain't really tripping," Johnson said. "You look at the numbers this year, I'm having a really bad year and I'm (still) not too far away from the pack."
The Titans are 30th in rushing yards per game. Johnson ranks 16th in the NFL with 875 yards.
"It's a situation where (if) me and my linemen are on the same page and I'm having a better year, there's no problem for me being up there as the top running back in the league," he said. "Me having a down year and still being right there in the pack is sort of a situation that will keep me up."
Thursday, December 15, 2011, 6:40pm
Sunday, December 11, 2011, 3:37pm
"Yeah, I've found my groove and it's not all about just breaking the big runs," Johnson said. "It's all about getting more touches and things like that. Any time a team is in a game that's close and you're going down to the end, if you want to win that game you want to continue to be able to run the ball and a lot of times that's the main factor on the running back getting his groove and making a lot of good runs."
To their credit, the Bills haven't been as benevolent in allowing rushing touchdowns of late, giving up just four over the last five games.
"Things seem to be coming together in their running game," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "It had been a while for them. That's a huge challenge for us. It's something that we said coming into the season, we've got to stop the run. It'll be a challenge for us."
Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 2:26pm
Coach Mike Munchak holds the Titans' offensive line responsible for the lack of production.
“As a group, for the limited time we had to run it, we didn't block well. We were very average and inconsistent and that's where you go when you do that for eight carries,” Munchak said. “I'm not going to give any excuses. We would have liked to have had more opportunities, and that's my fault. So if you only get 10 carries, you've got to do a much better job than we did with 10 carries. So that starts with the offensive line, and anytime you have this conversation, it starts with them. They know that, and we need to do better than that.”
“Obviously, we still had eight or nine other shots and everything was one or two yards. So again, I'm disappointed,” Munchak said. “We've got to find a way to make some runs. I thought we would run the ball better. I wish we had 30 carries, but we didn't. We didn't earn the right for 30 carries. You have to get more than one or two yards to get a chance to do it more often.”
T Khalif Barnes (shoulder), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), S Michael Huff (ankle), K Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring), LB Rolando McClain (ankle), S Michael Mitchell (ankle), S Chinedum Ndukwe (knee), C Samson Satele (knee), DT Richard Seymour (ankle)
San Diego Chargers
DE Luis Castillo (tibia), G Kris Dielman (concussion)
WR Malcom Floyd (hip), LB Shaun Phillips (foot)
Friday, November 4, 2011, 10:13am
“I’m still the same,” Johnson told Rome. “I’m still hungry because like honestly I feel like I just got this big contract but if God is willing to let me continue playing all these years and things like that I still want another contract. . . . I feel like if I wasn’t playing hard and laying down, the coaches and the players they would have had something to say about it. They can see I’m practicing as hard as I can practice and I’m playing very hard.
“I know for a fact I’m the same guy. Throughout workouts and things like that, same speed. When things are not working out how they had been working out a lot of people like to point to I’m not the same guy, not as explosive, lost a step, things like that. I can assure you that’s not what’s going on right now.”
So what’s going on? Johnson acknowledged that he struggled early in the season because he wasn’t ready to hit the ground sprinting when his holdout ended.
“I feel I came in not in football shape,” Johnson said. “Like I was in shape but not in football shape. So I feel like I’ve been in football shape for a couple weeks now, so I don’t feel like that’s the reason why the running game’s not where it’s supposed to be at right now.”
Still, Johnson offered no explanation for his lingering inability to perform like he has in the past, even though he’s now supposedly in football shape. Watching him play, he seems to not have that same ability to blast through a hole and rocket to the end zone, outrunning even any defensive backs who initially appeared to have an angle on him.