Report: Chiefs RB Johnson says he will play again this year


November 16, 2007
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (TICKER) -- Kansas City Chiefs star running back Larry Johnson is saying that he will play again this season, according to a report Friday on the Kansas City Star's web site.

Johnson has not addressed the media since injuring his right foot while being tackled by linebacker A.J. Hawk during a 33-32 loss to the Green Bay Packers on November 4.

But Johnson broke his silence when he spoke Thursday night on Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson's weekly radio show, according to the Star.

"A lot of people don't realize that my foot was swollen bad and I was on crutches for maybe two or three days," Johnson said. "This is only the (second) week and I'm able to walk fine without using a boot."

Johnson, who will not play in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, was not asked and did not provide any other information on the injury, including its exact nature. Johnson reportedly has told teammates he has a cracked bone in the foot but would return later in the season.

The Chiefs repeatedly have declined to disclose the nature of the injury.

Johnson missed last Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Denver Broncos and was replaced by Priest Holmes, who rushed for 65 yards on 20 carries.

Johnson, who turns 28 on Monday, has rushed for team highs of 559 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season for the Chiefs (4-5).

Signed to a five-year, $43.2 million contract on August 21, Johnson rushed for 1,789 yards and 17 touchdowns on an NFL-record 416 carries last season. He rushed for 1,750 yards and 20 scores the previous campaign.


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