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Injury report for Thursday Night Football - Raiders @ Chargers

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 6:42pm

Oakland Raiders 

OUT

QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), CB Chris Johnson (groin, hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE

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)

PROBABLE

RB Rock Cartwright (calf), S Matt Giordano (neck), QB Carson Palmer (quadricep), RB Marcel Reece (shoulder)

 

San Diego Chargers

OUT

DE Luis Castillo (tibia), G Kris Dielman (concussion)

DOUBTFUL

WR Malcom Floyd (hip), LB Shaun Phillips (foot)

PROBABLE

LB Antwan Barnes (calf), LB Donald Butler (illness), LB Na'il Diggs (knee), WR Richard Goodman (groin), S Steve Gregory (thigh), RB Ryan Mathews (groin), LB Takeo Spikes (biceps)

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Sebastian Janikowski active for Raiders

Sunday, November 6, 2011, 2:59pm

Raiders Inactives
David Ausberry TE
Jason Campbell QB
Bruce Campbell G
Chimdi Chekwa DB
Chris Johnson CB
Darren McFadden RB
Terrelle Pryor QB

Fantasy Impact:
Sebastian Janikowski is active and will kick for the Raiders. Raiders may not push his range as far as they normally do.

Friday, November 4, 2011, 10:13am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Nearly two months after getting paid, Titans RB Chris Johnson discussed the change in his production with Jim Rome on his radio show. Johnson insists that the money hasn’t changed him.

“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.

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 12:12pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Sterling Sharpe on Chris Johnson's struggles this season...

“They’re giving him opportunities,” Sharpe said Wednesday. ”The Chris Johnson that we’re used to seeing, I don’t know why we’re not seeing him. I can’t put my finger on it, and when you talk to the Tennessee Titans, they don’t know what it is either.”

“Usually, when he got one on one, he could make a guy miss and it was going to be electric. Now he’s just curling up in a ball and looking for the softest spot on the field to lay down,” Sharpe added. “I honestly can’t help Tennessee fix this problem.”

Monday, October 31, 2011, 4:51pm

Jim Wyatt on Twitter - [Full Article]

Mike Munchak said again "Chris Johnson is our starter and nothing has changed."

Titans trending toward RB rotation

Monday, October 31, 2011, 8:08am

Nashville Tennesseean - [Full Article]

The Titans would now seem to have a full-blown running back controversy — or a brand-new rotation, depending on how you look at it — on their hands after Javon Ringer saw the most extensive action of his three-year career.

Chris Johnson and Ringer finished with 14 carries apiece against the Colts, but Ringer was more effective both on the ground and through the air. He totaled 60 rushing yards (4.3 average) to Johnson’s 34 (2.4), and made five catches for 42 yards as opposed to Johnson’s three for 17 yards.

Johnson spent much of the second half on the sideline. He would carry just six times for 20 yards over the final two quarters — just once for 5 yards in the fourth quarter.

“In general, we knew we were going to give both guys a chance to get reps and get some plays,” Coach Mike Munchak said. “It was just a matter of how we rotated them. There really wasn’t much thought to it. It was just more or less how the game was going.”

Fantasy Impact:
This is certainly bad news for Chris Johnson owners, who were looking at this game as a chance for him to bust out and get back on track. However, a split, or rotation of RBs, make both Ringer and Johnson no more than flex options, at least heading into next week.

Monday, October 24, 2011, 10:58am

Nashville Tennesseean - [Full Article]

Much of the focus continued to be on running back Chris Johnson. Limited to 18 yards on 10 carries, and booed for much of the game.

Asked about the state of the rushing attack, Johnson insisted he is not the problem. Since signing a $53.5 million contract extension in September, however, he has 268 yards and is on pace to finish with a career-worst 715.

Johnson didn’t call out the offensive line, but said he’s 100 percent physically after holding out for all of training camp and is doing everything the same way he did while leading the NFL in rushing yards over his first three seasons.

“I feel like I’ve been back,’’ Johnson said. “I can’t say that that’s the problem with the running game.”

Fantasy Impact:
Johnson has been killing fantasy owners and not even playing as an RB2 for most of this season. At this point, owners may have no choice but to stick with him in hopes he can turn it around, but the signs just haven't been there that it's happening anytime soon.

Janikowski officially out for Raiders, Rayner in

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 2:56pm

Raiders Inactives
Jason Campbell QB
Bruce Campbell G
Chimdi Chekwa DB
Sebastian Janikowski K
Chris Johnson CB
Marcel Reece FB
Chaz Schilens WR

Fantasy Impact:
With Sebastian Janikowski out, Dave Rayner will handle kicking duties.

Sunday, October 16, 2011, 3:06pm

Raiders Inactives
Bruce Campbell G
Rock Cartwright RB
Chimdi Chekwa DB
Richard Gordon TE
Chris Johnson CB
Marcel Reece FB
Matt Shaughnessy DE

Fantasy Impact:
WR Louis Murphy is active.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 1:42pm

Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans Chris Johnson is running the football the same way he did his first three seasons, as Titans Coach Mike Munchak sees it.

“That’s his style,” Munchak said Monday. “He is not going to change the way he does things.”

The Titans aren’t having the same kind of success in the run game that they did during Johnson’s first three seasons, however. With the offense ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards per game, Munchak wants to see improvement when the Titans return to action after their bye week.

“He needs to play better, we need to block better,” the coach said. “We all know that. When he is having 50 yards per game, that is not going to cut it. He is a great player and he needs to play great, and right now that’s not happening.”

Monday, October 10, 2011, 4:56pm

Jim Wyatt on Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans coach Mike Munchak said Chris Johnson should be back for Texans game after hamstring tightness Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:
Johnson and the Titans have a bye this week and come back in week 7 against the Texans. Johnson hasn't been great this year but did finally get in the end zone last week. The extra time off should help Johnson's status for that contest.

Jacoby Ford active for the Raiders

Sunday, October 2, 2011, 3:14pm

Raiders Inactives
Ricky Brown LB
Stephon Heyer OT
Michael Huff FS
Chris Johnson CB
Louis Murphy WR
Marcel Reece FB
Matt Shaughnessy DE

Fantasy Impact:
WR Jacoby Ford is active for the Raiders.

Friday, September 30, 2011, 10:42am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chris Johnson's statistical woes are mostly a matter of his running behind one of the worst sets of run-blockers in the NFL.

The Titans' run-blockers have given their ball carriers a favorable blocking situation on 29 percent of their rushing attempts this season (a favorable blocking situation being loosely defined as when the blockers don't allow the defenders to do anything to disrupt the rush attempt).

To get an idea of how bad that total is, consider that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked dead last in the league in that metric in 2010 and they managed to post a 33.6 percent rate in this category.

Fantasy Impact:
This is no surprise to anyone that has watched Johnson carry the ball this season. It's rare that he has any space to move and often takes his first hit at the line of scrimmage or in the backfield.

Friday, September 23, 2011, 8:21pm

Titans RB Chris Johnson (ribs Probable) took full practice reps on Thursday and Friday after sitting out on Wednesday and is Probable for week 3. He should be in for a big game against a bad Denver rush defense.

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7:20pm

Titans RB Chris Johnson (ribs) took full practice reps on Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice. It looks like the Titans just wanted to give Johnson a rest.