Larry Johnson remained a member of the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday, but no one could say how much longer that might be the case.
Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, said there had been no progress in discussions with the team over the future of the suspended running back.
Shortly after the Chiefs suspended their troubled former All-Pro Wednesday for two weeks, Schaffer said he had spoken with the players’ union and would appeal.
ESPN reported that Johnson filed the appeal yesterday, and that a hearing is expected to be held by Tuesday.
Schaffer also talked with Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli about some sort of agreement that could affect the future for Johnson, who needs only 75 yards to break Kansas City’s career rushing record.
Johnson, a two-time Pro Bowler, used a gay slur on his Twitter account Sunday night and also questioned the coaching ability of Todd Haley. He repeated the slur to reporters the next day. Schaffer said the two-week suspension, which would include one game check, would cost his client more than $600,000.
He may also face further punishment by the league.
The Vikings will be without Pro Bowl cornerback Antoine Winfield
when they face the host Packers in a pivotal NFC North game tomorrow. Winfield also missed last week’s game against Pittsburgh because of an injured right foot . . . The Seahawks activated 2007 Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant
(back) from the physically unable to perform list. Trufant takes the roster place of linebacker Lofa Tatupu
, who went on injured reserve following surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck
practiced after missing consecutive workouts because of injured ribs and will start against the Cowboys . . . The winless Titans switched from veteran quarterback Kerry Collins
to Vince Young
because owner Bud Adams
said he wanted to see more of the 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year. Coach Jeff Fisher
insists it was an organizational decision resulting from the team’s winless start and that he won’t play musical chairs with the position . . . Wide receiver Reggie Wayne
(strained groin) and defensive end Dwight Freeney
(knee) both took part in Colts practice and are expected to play against the 49ers.
Colts cornerback Jacob Lacey
was fined $10,000 by the league for unsportsmanlike conduct when he went to the ground to celebrate after a touchdown in a win over the Rams. Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle
was fined $7,500 for hitting a defenseless receiver - Giants tight end Kevin Boss
. And Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams
was fined $5,000 for an illegal chop block against Buffalo . . . The Panthers-Cardinals game in Glendale, Ariz., and Raiders-Chargers in San Diego have sold out and will be televised. The league gave the teams an extension on the blackout deadline.
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