Tennessee running back Chris Johnson said yesterday he is flying to Nashville to meet with Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt, a move that might bring both sides closer to getting a deal done and end his holdout.
Johnson tweeted he was flying to Nashville last night and that he and his agent Joel Segal will meet with Reinfeldt this morning.
The three-time Pro Bowler has refused to report to camp despite having two years left on his contract. The Titans have said they will make him the highest paid running back in NFL history, but want him to report first before accelerating talks. Today’s meeting in Nashville might offer a way around that demand.
The Titans are willing to pay Johnson, who is scheduled to earn $1.065 million for 2011 after Tennessee revised his contract a year ago to get him more money. His original five-year contract was for $12 million, and Johnson said in 2010 he wanted around $30 million in guaranteed money.
The 5-foot-11-inch, 200-pound running back has led the NFL in yards rushing over the past three seasons since being drafted 24th overall out of East Carolina.
Patterson will play Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who collapsed and suffered a seizure at practice this month, will play tomorrow night against Cleveland.
“I’ll just be excited to be back out there with the guys, fans cheering and stuff like that,’’ Patterson said. “So, emotionally, emotionally, I’ll be really excited.’’
Patterson was diagnosed with a brain AVM, or arteriovenous malformation, a prenatal condition in which blood travels abnormally between the arteries and veins.
Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said last week that Patterson was cleared by four physicians specializing in brain AVMs to return to football. His condition will eventually have to be treated. But the method hasn’t been determined.
Greene back in action Shonn Greene’s foot is ready for football again. The Jets running back missed the team’s 27-7 win over Cincinnati Sunday night because of an infection that caused his foot to swell last week. He said yesterday the foot is feeling fine and he expects to play in the exhibition game against the Giants Saturday night. “I’m good to go,’’ he said after the team’s morning walkthrough . . . Veteran running back Larry Johnson signed with the Dolphins after sitting out most of last season. Johnson gained 2 yards on five carries in two games before he was released by the Redskins last September. He has career rushing totals of 6,221 yards and 55 scores, but his most recent touchdown came in 2008 . . . Browns star running back Peyton Hillis missed practice because of a hamstring injury. He rode an exercise bike as his teammates worked out in preparation of tomorrow night’s exhibition in Philadelphia.
Steelers ink Timmons Linebacker Lawrence Timmons signed a six-year deal with the Steelers that will pay him $50 million if he sticks around until 2016 . . . Colts receiver Reggie Wayne returned to practice after missing five days for personal reasons. Coach Jim Caldwell has not said why Wayne was out . . . The Ravens agreed to terms with 6-8 offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, who was cut by the Vikings after nine seasons. The two-year deal is contingent on McKinnie passing a physical today . . . Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams has plantar fasciitis in his left foot and is unlikely to play in the team’s final two preseason games. Williams met with a foot specialist on Monday. He returned to watch practice yesterday and said he isn’t concerned about the injury preventing him from playing in the regular season . . . Raiders QB Jason Campbell, who took a knee to the helmet in Saturday’s loss to the 49ers, returned to practice. He had been tested for a possible concussion Monday . . . Cardinals QB Max Hall is out indefinitely with a subluxation or partial dislocation of his shoulder . . . The Bengals acquired safety Taylor Mays, a second-round pick in 2010, from the 49ers for an undisclosed draft pick . . . League officials, including commissioner Roger Goodell, and representatives from the players’ union will meet with officials from the World Anti-Doping Agency in Montreal today to discuss protocols for growth hormone testing. The NFL wants to start blood testing for growth hormone by the time the regular season begins Sept. 8, and the players union agreed to the testing as part of the new collective bargaining agreement, pending the resolution of what both sides have called details about how the testing would work . . . New York-based insurance giant