Posted January 27, 2014

Titans RB Chris Johnson to have surgery on torn meniscus

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Chris Johnson has rushed for 7,965 yards and 50 touchdowns in six NFL seasons. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Chris Johnson has rushed for 7,965 yards and 50 touchdowns in six NFL seasons. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Note to fantasy football owners: Though Chris Johnson averaged a career-low 3.9 yards per carry this season, he played nearly the entire season with a torn meniscus.

Johnson, 28, will have surgery on his knee this week, and the running back told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean the procedure is “minor” and the injury is one he’s played with since Week 3.

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After starting the season with three games of 70-plus rushing yards, Johnson’s production fell off the next four contests, as he averaged 27.5 yards on the ground.

He finished the season with 1,077 yards and six touchdowns on 279 carries. He also caught 42 passes for 345 yards and four scores.

The Titans are expected to ask Johnson to take a pay cut from his $8 million salary in 2014 and will likely release him should he refuse — and he’s expected to refuse, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.

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