Player News: Chris Johnson Played Injured In 2013, But Do We Really Care?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Jason La Canfora (via Twitter):

“Titans RB Chris Johnson gutted out almost all of 2013 season with a meniscus tear in his knee. Will finally have it repaired tomorrow…”

In subsequent tweets he noted that the injury occurred in Week 3 and the recovery time is 4-6 weeks. It’s not like Johnson was stellar over the first two weeks, totaling 166 yards on 50 carries (3.3 yards per carry). He also has failed to rush for more than 6 TD each of the past three seasons (though he did add 4 receiving TD in 2013).

That said, a knee injury for a RB who will turn 29-years old less than a month into the season is going to be a concern. While he’s shown flashes over the past three seasons, he’s totaled just 11 games of 100+ rushing yards (in 2009 he had 12 alone, with another 8 in 2010).  Part of that can be attributed to a poor offensive line, but Johnson too needs to take plenty of blame.

We will have to wait and see where he ultimately lands, as there are expectations that he will be cut this offseason with the Titans heading in another direction. It definitely makes sense, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Johnson land in more of a timeshare in 2014 (or a starting role for a poor team).

With so many unknowns it is impossible to reach any type of conclusion regarding his potential value for the upcoming season. We should get some answers over the next few weeks and months, but rest assured he will be more of a RB2. Will there still be RB1 upside? Perhaps, but it’s going to be hard to count on unless he finds the perfect landing spot.

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