AFC West: Larrry Johnson

Chiefs' statement on Johnson release

November, 9, 2009
11/09/09
11:28
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Nothing like a blockbuster move in the division to start a the day. The Chiefs have released running back Larry Johnson on the day his one-game suspension ended.

I will have more on this shortly. Here is the statement:

CHIEFS RELEASE RB LARRY JOHNSON

The Kansas City Chiefs released RB Larry Johnson on Monday. In 75 games (55 starts) with Kansas City, Johnson rushed 1,375 times for 5,996 yards (4.4 avg.) with 55 touchdowns. He also registered 151 receptions for 1,369 yards (9.1 avg.) with six TDs. He concluded his Chiefs career with 30 100-yard rushing games and also added two 100-yard receiving games.

Johnson established an NFL single-season record with 416 rushing attempts in 2006 when he set a franchise single-season mark with 1,789 rushing yards. He originally entered the league as the Chiefs first-round selection (27th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft out of Penn State.

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Sound-off: Larry Johnson

November, 3, 2009
11/03/09
1:30
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

This week’s sound-off question is for Chiefs fans: Do you want Larry Johnson to stick around after his suspension is completed next Monday or do you want the Chiefs to release him?

Johnson was suspended for using gay slurs and questioning coach Todd Haley’s credentials. Johnson has had several issues in Kansas City.

Are you tired of his problems? Or do you think Johnson, who is on the cusp of becoming the team’s all-time leading rusher, deserves another chance?

Hit my mailbag with your thoughts. I will post some of your responses later in the week.

Early AFC West notes: LT's struggles

October, 28, 2009
10/28/09
12:25
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

LaDainian Tomlinson is struggling and people are noticing.

Look at this column and this column.

The doubts are warranted. Tomlinson has been slipping for more than a year now and it appears he may never be a superstar again. Sunday at Kansas City, we saw the old LT as he busted off a 36-yard run. But then we saw the new LT as he struggled to gain 35 yards on 22 other carries. His line isn’t what it used to be and that is hurting him, too.

But Tomlinson, 30, is getting older and it's showing.

• Larry Johnsons’ father is not happy with his son’s remarks.

• Meanwhile it doesn’t appear that the knee injury suffered by Kansas City center Rudy Niswanger is as serious as it was initially thought to be. That’s good news for the Chiefs. The offensive line is already a mess. It can’t afford to lose Niswanger for an extended period of time.

• Looking for a silver (and black) lining, Raiders fans? The team’s penalties are way down. Hey, it’s a start.

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