[Kansas City.com] Running back Larry Johnson will sit out Kansas City’s game against Tennessee for violating team rules, a potentially crippling blow for a struggling young offense facing the NFL’s last unbeaten team.
Coach Herm Edwards refused to specify what team rules the two-time Pro Bowler broke. But Edwards did say his decision had nothing to do with the charge of simple assault filed against Johnson this week.
Johnson was not in the locker room Thursday when reporters were admitted. His representative did not return a phone message left by The Associated Press.
Kolby Smith, who had 407 yards on 112 carries last year when Johnson missed the last eight games with a foot injury, will probably start. Also certain to see plenty of action will be rookie Jamaal Charles, a third-round pick out of Texas who has carried 21 times for 98 yards.
Edwards specified that Johnson is being deactivated, not suspended. Suspension means a player is not paid for that week and cannot practice.