Larry Johnson expected to miss Chiefs' game against Broncos
By RANDY COVITZ The Kansas City Star
Chiefs coach Herm Edwards today all but ruled out running back Larry Johnson for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.
“It will be difficult for him to play this week,” Edwards said after getting preliminary results from a foot/ankle sprain Johnson sustained in last Sunday’s 33-22 loss to Green Bay. “He’s got a swollen foot … that’s not good.”
Johnson was to undergo further examinations, and it’s possible he could miss more than one game.
Johnson’s unavailability means that Priest Holmes, who three weeks ago appeared in his first game in nearly two years, would likely make his first start since Oct. 30, 2005. Holmes would be backed up by rookie Kolby Smith, a fifth-round pick from Louisville who has played on special teams and caught two passes for 21 yards but has not attempted a carry.
Denver comes into Sunday’s game ranked last in the NFL in rushing defense (161.5 yards per game). Johnson rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos in the Chiefs’ 19-10 win over Denver last Thanksgiving night at Arrowhead Stadium.
Johnson injured his right ankle/foot while being tackled by Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk.