New York Jets' RB Chris Johnson skipping OTAs to heal torn meniscus

Friday May 23rd, 2014

Chris Johnson not participating in Jets OTAs this offseason due to injury.Chris Johnson signed with the Jets on April 16 and is expected to split carries with incumbent running back Chris Ivory when he returns from a meniscus tear he suffered in 2013. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

For those who just can't wait to see New York Jets running back Chris Johnson get back to work and begin to prove the doubters wrong, there's some bad news. The newest addition to the Jets offense informed the media on Thursday that he's unlikely to participate in the team's upcoming OTAs.

Johnson suffered a meniscus tear in his knee during week 3  last season against the San Diego Chargers. He played through the injury the rest of the year and it ended up being the worst campaign of his career.  He averaged just 3.9 yards per carry. The six-year veteran did have knee surgery following the season.

Johnson was cut by the Tennessee Titans this past offseason and picked up by the Jets shortly thereafter, adding to the free agency offensive overhaul that included the acquisitions of wide receiver Eric Decker and QB Michael Vick.

Missing the workouts is not all that shocking given that Johnson is nearly 30. He already has more  2,000 touches on his resume and will more than likely not be the featured back when the season starts. He'll be splitting time with Chris Ivory, who gained 833 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. So at the moment for the Jets, giving Johnson's knee proper time to heal takes precedent over getting him on the field and jeopardizing their speedy investment.

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