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Chris Johnson To Undergo Meniscus Surgery

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Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.
Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.

Chris Johnson, coming off one of his worst seasons as a pro, cannot be fully blamed for his subpar season. The Tennessee Titans running back revealed yesterday that he played through a torn meniscus, and he’s set to undergo surgery to repair it today.

"It's nothing major,” Johnson told Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean. “A lot of people don't kno I been playing with it since Week 3 of the season."

While the procedure is considered to be minor, as evidenced by his ability to play through the injury for most of the season, he’s expected to be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks. Dr. James Andrews will be handling the surgery in Pensacola, Fl.

Johnson rushed 279 times for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns this season. The yards were the second lowest of his career, while the touchdowns were tied for second lowest. However, his 3.9 yards per carry beat his previous career low of 4.0.

It’s hard to imagine Johnson not getting cut by the Titans in March. While he should be fully healed by the time free agency starts, it’s hard to say how much money he’ll command on the open market. Coming off of surgery and another disappointing season, he shouldn’t count on getting any substantial long-term offers with his 29th birthday coming in September.