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Chad Johnson shows up at CFL rookie camp

Chad Johnson was given probation as part of a plea bargain involving domestic violence charges. (Marc Serota/Getty Images) Chad Johnson has not played in the NFL since being cut by the Dolphins prior to the 2012 season. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Former NFL star Chad Johnson took another step toward playing in the Canadian Football League by showing up at the Montreal Alouettes' rookie camp on Wednesday.

Johnson has not played in the NFL since he was cut by the Dolphins in training camp in 2012 following an arrest for domestic battery. He earned a contract and an invitation to camp after trying out at an Alouettes free-agent camp last month.

Jason La Canfora of reported Tuesday that Johnson had successfully obtained a work permit to join the Alouettes in Canada.

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Johnson reportedly arrived at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, a couple hours late, but he received a welcome from Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban and was excited to discover a McDonald's in the local Walmart.