"I don't know. Apparently it's in his contract," said head coach Mike Munchak. "I don't know how we gave him a contract that allows him to take personal days on a game day. More evidence it is the worst contract a football team has ever given a player."
Johnson said the reasons for his personal day "aren't anyone's business," but later admitted he "needs a mental health day."
"I'm just spent from running behind my shitty offensive line," said Johnson, who has just 210 yards on the season on 2.9 yards per carry. "So I'm just going to crash on the couch and watch movies and get some take-out. I'll get refreshed and play again next week."
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin admitted the news of Johnson's personal day will impact Pittsburgh's game plan.
"Any late change like this affects you," he said. "We've had our scout team back tiptoeing and stutter stepping all week behind the line of scrimmage. Now we'll have to prepare for someone who runs forward. We'll cope the best we can."
Like Tim Tebow, maybe the crowd only shows up for the 4th quarter.
Picture Awkward Moment at a Titans Game
You couldn't do this 10 years ago at an NFL game. Progress.
Wise referee Solomon would propose cutting the ball in half.
Picture Chris Johnson is Big In Hawaii
They will support Pro Bowl players to the death.
"I was really excited to see him out here. He looks like he's in great shape and ready to go," said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. "I was also surprised to see him, because I think he's still on the Titans, right? Did he just drive up here last night?"
While Johnson says he still wants a new contract, he is itching to play and has been following all of the Eagles' preseason hype.
"Let's say the Titans even give me a new contract," said Johnson. "What does that accomplish? I'm still playing for a shitty team. Nah, I'm an Eagle now."
NFL rules prohibit a player from suiting up for a team he is not under contract with, but Johnson says he has a way around that.
"I haven't run this by my agent yet, but I don't see why it wouldn't work I'll just change my name to Cris Johnson with no 'h' in 'Chris' and then I'll be a different name than what's on the Titans contract," said Johnson. "I'll be free to sign with the Eagles then, right? Well, it makes sense to me."
"Hey, they win," said Young. "I can't wait this out any longer. I am almost out of money. I saved up, but this has drawn on too long. I need to get paid again."
Young says he hasn't been paid in "almost two weeks," but seemed completely unaware that the lockout has not started yet and can't until March 4th at the earliest when the current collective bargaining agreement expires.
Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt confirmed that while the team plans to trade or release Young, the quarterback still has been receiving his paycheck via direct deposit into his checking account every two weeks.
"I don't really think this has anything to do with the lockout," said Reinfeldt. "Vince usually comes to me every two weeks and says he needs cash. Unfortunately, he's not the only player who's almost out of money."
Running back Chris Johnson has reportedly been trading his extra jet skis for food, while wide receiver Marc Mariani has been trying to rent himself out around Nashville to catch footballs at birthday parties, car dealerships and charity car washes.
In his day, no quarterbacks were good. And he was grateful!
And finally the Titans and Texans are interesting. That only took forever.
Fun Fact: No one named Cortland Finnegan has ever won a fight.