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Friday, October 30, 2009
Evening news and notes: Johnson update

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

The agent for suspended Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson said Friday evening that the two sides are still working toward a settlement that revolves around the estimated $600,000 Johnson will lose during his two-week suspension. If there is not a settlement, agent Peter Schaffer said he hopes there will be a grievance early next week. Schaffer said he spent Friday working on the settlement.

Schaffer said the possibility of Johnson being cut from the Chiefs as part of the settlement “hasn’t come up. That’s not the goal.”

Johnson was suspended until Nov.9, the day after the Chiefs play at Jacksonville. The Chiefs have a bye this week. He was suspended after using his Twitter account to question the credentials of his coach Todd Haley and to use a gay slur last Sunday night after a 30-point Chiefs’ loss to San Diego. The next day, Johnson directed a gay slur at media members.

Kansas City linebacker Corey Mays was fined $5,000 from the NFL for unnecessary roughness against San Diego last week.

Denver safety Brian Dawkins and defensive tackle Ronald Fields both practiced fully Friday after being limited earlier in the week with hamstring injuries. They are both probable to play Sunday at Baltimore.