Johnson blasts 'fake Titans fans'

Running back Chris Johnson has refused to report until he gets a new contract.
Running back Chris Johnson has refused to report until he gets a new contract. (GEORGE WALKER IV / The Tennessean)
Posted: September 01, 2011

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson seems to be finding out about the downside of Twitter during his contract holdout.

Johnson tweeted Wednesday to "fake Titan fans" to shut up. Fans are calling him greedy and saying his demands are too high.

Johnson went on to write, "I don't have a regular job so don't compare me to you and I can care less if uthink I'm greedy." He earlier tweeted his thanks to people praying for him through his "situation."

Johnson has more than 441,000 followers on Twitter. He has refused to report until he gets a new contract. The Titans say they are willing to make him the highest paid running back in NFL history, but no deal has been reached.

The Titans open the season Sept. 11 in Jacksonville.

  

The court docket

Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson has begun serving a 20-day jail term in Austin, Texas, to settle two misdemeanor assault cases.

The former University of Texas star was sentenced Monday in Austin and had planned to surrender Oct. 17, during Cincinnati's bye week. Travis County Jail records show Benson was booked late Tuesday.

Benson's jail time could be shortened with possible credit for time served when arrested.

Veteran running back Laurence Maroney is hoping to catch on with another team after his acquittal on a misdemeanor marijuana charge in St. Louis, his attorney said.

  The 26-year-old Maroney was chosen by New England as the 21st overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was traded to Denver for a fourth-round draft pick on Sept. 14, 2010. He was injured when he got to the Broncos and played in just four games last season, rushing 36 times for 74 yards, a 2.1-yard average. He didn't play in the final 10 games and was deactivated for the last eight. His contract was not renewed.

Another test for Newton

Rookie quarterback Cam Newton will get one more chance, Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, to impress coach Ron Rivera and earn the Carolina Panthers starting job this season.

Although it's almost a foregone conclusion Newton will get the nod, Rivera has yet to name him the starter for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener at Arizona.

Newton, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, has struggled with his accuracy in three appearances, completing 40.4 percent of his passes, including just 4 of 26 to his wide receivers.

Back to the Rams

The St. Louis Rams are bringing back Mark Clayton after the veteran receiver recovered sufficiently from knee surgery, ESPN reported.

Clayton confirmed his return with a post to his Twitter page.

Clayton, 29, caught 10 passes in the Rams' season opener last season after St. Louis acquired him from Baltimore only days earlier. Clayton was leading the Rams in receptions with 23 when he suffered a torn patellar tendon against Detroit in the team's fifth game. He underwent surgery and did not return.

Clayton became an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Rams wanted him back, but only when Clayton's knee had healed sufficiently.

HGH talk put off

The NFL players union canceled its weekly conference call, eliminating a planned discussion about human growth hormone testing.


- Inquirer wire services

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