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Larry Johnson
#27 - RB - Kansas City Chiefs

Height: 6'1'' Weight: 230
Born: 11/19/1979
College: Penn State
2006 Projections
413176716VERY HIGH (220%)

Player Analysis: LJ has done nothing thus far this season, and is working behind a terrible offensive line. You can't justify starting him until he has some success if you have any other options. Jamaal Charles may be a good handcuff option, though I'm usually not a big fan of that strategy.

Fantasy Football Impact: The Eddie George comparisons are eerie. He was very smart to hold out for the big contract, assuming that his diminished production have to do with the 400-carry curse and not apathy after getting paid.


Ravens net rare win in Kansas City, 20-10 - 12/10/2006

Baltimore did what it does best, and accomplished something no other team had done in more than a decade. The Ravens' defense dominated in a 20-10 victory over Kansas City, making Baltimore the first visiting team to win at Arrowhead Stadium in December since 1995. The win also moved Baltimore a step closer to clinching the AFC North title. "They're a penetrating defense that causes negative plays," said Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, who threw two interceptions, lost a fumble and was sacked four times. "All of a sudden, it's second and long, third and long, and it's hard to get out of." Ed Reed had both interceptions for Baltimore (10-3), which maintained its two-game division lead over Cincinnati. The Bengals beat Oakland 27-10. "Our defense is well-orchestrated. They've got a lot of pride in what they do," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "They don't like giving up plays." The Chiefs didn't give up many big plays either, but the ones they did were costly: Steve McNair's 87-yard touchdown pass to Mark Clayton in the third quarter, and a 33-yard pass from McNair to Demetrius Williams in the fourth that kept the Ravens' game-clinching scoring drive alive. The three first-half turnovers by Green didn't help, either. "We turned the ball over early too many times," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "It's hard to recover when you turn the ball over that many times." Billick raised some eyebrows when he gave his players five days off -- almost a second bye week -- after their 13-7 loss at Cincinnati on Nov. 30. Their fresh legs showed though, as Baltimore looked a step faster on both sides of the ball. "According to you guys, I gave them too much time off," Billick told reporters. "Obviously, they were well rested." McNair, who was 21 for 27 for 283 yards, agreed. "Coming off a rest like that, you've got to take advantage of it," said McNair, whose four-game streak without an interception is the longest of his career. "I wanted my arm to be fresh, and it was." The TD throw, which was McNair's longest career pass and Clayton's longest career reception, put the Ravens up 13-0 with just under 6 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.


Chiefs beat Broncos in NFL's first Thanksgiving tripleheader - 11/24/2006
Source: National Football League News Wire

Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt was one of the millions of football fans that felt frustrated because they couldn't get the Denver-Kansas City game on television. Hunt had lobbied the NFL for the game for 37 years, but couldn't watch it as the Dallas-area hospital he was admitted to on Wednesday did not have the NFL Network, which carried the game as its first live game telecast to about 40 million of America's 111 million television homes. So Sharron Hunt Munson placed the telephone next to her TV at home and her dad listened to the game that way. "I know how disappointed he was when he couldn't be here," said Chiefs president Carl Peterson. No doubt Hunt got a lift when quarterback Trent Green dedicated the 19-10 victory on Thursday to the Chiefs' owner, who had lobbed the league to let someone besides Detroit and Dallas host a Thanksgiving game. "Lamar, I hope you're feeling better," an emotional Green said. "This win is for you." Hunt, 74, who has missed only a handful of games since founding the franchise, was not hospitalized in an emergency situation, said his son, Clark Hunt. "He's doing much better," said Clark. "He had a lung issue and needed to go to the hospital and let them take a look at it. This game has been important to him really going back to the AFL days. He's worked since the merger to try to get the game back here." From his bed, Hunt listened as NFL rushing leader Larry Johnson gouged Denver's fifth-ranked run defense for 157 yards and Lawrence Tynes kicked four field goals for the Chiefs (7-4), who charged into a second-place tie with the Broncos (7-4) in the AFC West. Johnson, raising his league-leading rushing total to 1,202 yards, consistently burned the Broncos with 8- and 10-yard gains, using his usual assortment of power moves and start-and-stop elusiveness. The Broncos came in giving up a shade better than 90 yards per game on the ground.


Green returns to lead Chiefs past Raiders - 11/19/2006

Trent Green looked and felt just like new. He was at his best when Kansas City needed him most. After passing for barely 50 yards in his return from a 10-week layoff, the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback coolly threw for 50 yards in one game-winning fourth-quarter drive. Hitting three of five in the final minutes, Green set up Larry Johnson 's 1-yard go-ahead touchdown run and rallied the sluggish Chiefs past injury-riddled Oakland 17-13. "The majority of games in this league come down to the fourth quarter, and finding ways to get that done," said Green, who couldn't even drive the first couple of weeks after suffering a severe concussion on Sept. 10. "I just feel proud I was able to contribute to that part of it and make some throws when we needed." The Raiders held a 13-10 lead when the Chiefs (6-4) took the ball on their 20 with 4:53 to play. He hit 3-of-5, including passes of 10 and 16 yards to Samie Parker and a beauty of a 24-yard gainer to Eddie Kennison. Johnson, with 1:32 to play, squeezed into the end zone, capping a two-touchdown, 159-yard rushing game on his 27th birthday. "I wouldn't say I had any extra butterflies. I was just so anxious to get the thing started waking up this morning," said Green, who was a conservative 9-of-16 for 102 yards. "It's been hard, especially these last two or three weeks when I felt really good and felt like I could go out and play." The Raiders (2-8) also made a quarterback switch, starting Aaron Brooks over Andrew Walter for the first time since Sept. 17. Brooks hit Ronald Curry for a 39-yard gain to the Chiefs 8 with 32 seconds left. But safety Jarrad Page intercepted his next pass intended for Randy Moss in the end zone. "That was not a game-saving play," said cornerback Patrick Surtain. "That was a season-saver." Oakland's NFL-worst offense had already suffered two key injuries, losing starting running back Lamont Jordan to a knee injury in the first quarter and left tackle Robert Gallery to a dislocated elbow in the third. The Raiders said Jordan had a torn knee ligament and is likely out for the year. Gallery had a dislocated elbow.


Dolphins' defense holds off Chiefs 13-10 - 11/12/2006

Confronted one-on-one with bruising Larry Johnson in the open field near the goal line, Channing Crowder buried his helmet into the running back's chest for a touchdown-saving tackle. Then, Crowder rose and broke into a celebratory dance. "It was a good tackle, so I did a little shimmy for him," Crowder said. There were many such jubilant moments for the Miami Dolphins defense, which stymied Johnson and harried Damon Huard to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 13-10. The defense even overcame the Miami offense. The Dolphins took an early 13-point lead but missed chances to build an even bigger cushion because of a sputtering attack, and a turnover on a reverse helped keep the outcome in doubt until the final moments. An earlier trick play set up the lone touchdown by the Dolphins (3-6), who have won back-to-back games following a dismal start. They snapped the Chiefs' three-game winning streak. "It's exciting to play the kind of defense we know we're capable of playing," said linebacker Zach Thomas, who had a sack and broke up two passes. "It's fun." The Chiefs (5-4), who averaged 32 points in the past three games, went three-and-out on their first five possessions. The game was 26 minutes old before they registered a first down, and by then, the Dolphins were ahead 13-0. "We got nothing going, and they played with a lead most of the day," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "We kept going three-and-out. We let it get away from us." Huard went 15-for-38 for 201 yards with three sacks, and four times was hit as he threw. The Dolphins secondary delivered several jarring hits on intended receivers. "We had a good bead on the way they were going to attack us," cornerback Will Allen said. "Good running teams use a lot of play-action pass, so we knew what to look for." They also knew to look for Johnson, the NFL's third-leading rusher, who managed only 75 yards on 18 carries. Tony Gonzalez had six catches for 84 yards but left the game during the Chiefs' final possession with a sprained left shoulder.


Chiefs follow Johnson to win over Rams - 11/06/2006

After backing up pregame braggadocio about dealing out the hits rather than taking them, Larry Johnson had a lot more to say. Johnson rushed for 172 yards, becoming the second straight running back to punish the St. Louis Rams defense in the Kansas City Chiefs' 31-17 victory. It wasn't nearly enough. "I'm a little disappointed because I feel we did leave 200 yards of rushing on that field," Johnson said. "The way we were going out there and just pushing them backward and shakings things up, we should have done even more." The Chiefs defense forced three early turnovers against a team that emphasizes ball security, and Kansas City capitalized en route to a 17-point cushion. "You can't put Kansas City in a short field like that," Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace said. "It makes it tough on us and a lot easier on those guys." Jared Allen stripped Marc Bulger on a sack and recovered Steven Jackson 's fumble for the Chiefs, who have won three in a row for the first time under new coach Herman Edwards.


Johnson's four TDs rescue Chiefs, 35-28 - 10/29/2006

There is a way to hold onto the ball for two-thirds of the game, move it some 500 yards, get your best player in the end zone four times and still nearly lose the game. Just ask the Kansas City Chiefs. At the end of their wild 35-28 victory over the depleted Seattle Seahawks, the Chiefs were feeling more lucky than good, more grateful than boastful. "That goes to show you what happens in the National Football League," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said, "when you miss opportunities and turn the ball over in the wrong area of the field and give up big plays." Larry Johnson, Tony Gonzalez, Damon Huard and Eddie Kennison all had outstanding days for Kansas City (4-3), which went over .500 for the first time all year. The Chiefs had 499 total yards to 240 for Seattle, and 42 minutes, 15 seconds of possession time compared with Seattle's 17:45.


Chiefs hang on to defeat Chargers, 30-27 - 10/22/2006

Lawrence Tynes already knew he'd have to try again, from 5 yards farther back. He figured a little practice for the longest field goal attempt of his career wouldn't hurt. Tynes was right. Damon Huard tossed two first-quarter TDs as his Chiefs escaped with a narrow win over the Chargers. The Kansas City kicker had a 48-yard field goal wiped out by an illegal procedure penalty, then came right back to connect on a 53-yarder with 6 seconds left to give the Chiefs a 30-27 victory over the San Diego Chargers. "I knew the whistle had blown, but I said, 'Let me go ahead and take a stab at it and see how the wind's blowing,"' Tynes said of his initial attempt. "I knew I was going to make the second one." Tynes' second clutch game-winner in three weeks thwarted a comeback attempt led by another LT. LaDainian Tomlinson figured in two fourth-quarter TD throws, one as the receiver and one as the passer, as the Chargers (4-2) came back from an early 17-point deficit to tie the game at 27-all. Tynes atoned for missing a first-quarter field goal try and hitting the upright on an extra point attempt in the second quarter. Watch some of the best games from Week 7 all over again with NFL Replay on NFL Network. Airing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, the broadcasts will feature a 90-minute fast-paced format complete with original television announcers and cameras. There will be an extra replay this go around. Week 7's games to be replayed are: "I didn't say anything to him. You leave kickers alone," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "But I trusted that at the end, when it was time to kick a field goal he was going to make it. He not only made one, he made two." The Chiefs (3-3) began the winning drive at their own 18 with 33 seconds left.


Big Ben breaks out; Steelers flatten Chiefs - 10/16/2006

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger couldn't have played any worse for a month. The NFL now must be wondering how much better the Super Bowl champions can be after a convincing all-is-well performance. The Steelers revived everything they displayed in winning the championship as Roethlisberger threw his first two touchdown passes since the AFC Championship Game in a 45-7 rout of the Chiefs. Despite not starting three injured regulars -- one of whom, guard Kendall Simmons, fell asleep with an ice pack on his leg and sustained frostbite -- the Steelers never resembled the team that could barely gain a first down in a 9-0 loss to Jacksonville, or ran only 18 plays in the second half of a 23-13 loss last week at San Diego. Maybe it was watching AFC North leaders Baltimore (4-2) and Cincinnati (3-2) lose earlier in the afternoon, which tightened the division race. But the Steelers (2-3) played with the confidence and composure they lacked while losing three in a row. "We started fast -- we started real fast," said coach Bill Cowher, who admittedly didn't see this coming during a week in which his team had some "soul searching to do." "They had to start showing they were that Super Bowl team again," Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali said. "That's how they played." Roethlisberger was among the NFL's lowest-rated quarterbacks with no touchdown passes and seven interceptions, while Kansas City's Damon Huard was highly rated with five touchdowns and no interceptions. All that changed in a momentum-shifting few hours in which Roethlisberger could again do little wrong and Huard, a longtime backup, could do little right while completing only 16 of 32 passes for 162 yards and an interception. "I tried throwing to the guys in the black shirts rather than the guys in the white shirts," Roethlisberger said. Roethlisberger had no touchdown passes and nine interceptions in his previous four starts, including Super Bowl XL. Questions were raised if he was fully healed from his violent June motorcycle crash and his appendectomy last month. But he was as sharp and polished as in the playoffs, going 16-for-19 for 238 yards and TDs of 47 yards to Nate Washington and 13 yards to Hines Ward. He constantly exploited the Chiefs' not-too-successful man coverage as the Steelers outgained the Chiefs 372-47 while opening a 31-0 lead at halftime. They ended with a 457-213 edge in yardage. Deshea Townsend and the Steelers defense held Larry Johnson to 26 rushing yards. "They were saying


Chief concerns: Dante Hall uncertain, Larry Johnson OK, but Trent Green out - 10/10/2006
Source: ESPN

Dante Hall, one of the NFL's most dangerous kick returners, has a hip injury and his status is uncertain for this week's game at Pittsburgh. Hall had an MRI on his hip Monday and the Chiefs were awaiting the results. The two-time Pro Bowler, who earlier this year got his 11th career touchdown return, was hurt while running back a kickoff in Sunday's bruising come-from-behind 23-20 victory at Arizona. "It might just be a hip pointer," coach Herm Edwards said Monday. Also out for the fourth straight game will be quarterback Trent Green, still recovering from a severe concussion sustained in the season opener Sept. 10. Edwards said running back Larry Johnson was OK despite a frightening few moments when he lay motionless on the turf Sunday. Johnson was grabbed by the facemask at the end of a 78-yard catch-and-run that set up Lawrence Tynes' winning 19-yard field goal with 1:36 to play. "Larry was in today. He's going to be fine, but his neck is obviously sore," Edwards said. Hall, who also has become a favorite wide receiver target of backup quarterback Damon Huard, was replaced on punt returns by Eddie Kennison. Rookie wide receiver Jeff Webb returned kickoffs. Edwards said those two would continue to fill in if Hall is out. "Eddie does a good job of making decisions," Edwards said. "That was a big-time play he made [in the fourth quarter] when he fielded that punt and got those extra 4 or 5 yards. Most guys don't catch that ball and have the awareness to get what you can. Webb doesn't know any better. He hits it like you're supposed to hit it. He's just following the wedge." Green went with the team to Arizona, his first road trip since he was knocked unconscious and taken away on a gurney. For the second week in a row, he offered suggestions and encouragement on the sideline for Huard. But Edwards said he did not know when the two-time Pro Bowler would start working out. Doctors have said Green would be eased back into action, beginning with light workouts and progressing to full practice before he could think about getting back into a game. "I would think shortly he's going to start working out. I don't know if that's this week or next week or exactly when," Edwards said. It will be the fourth straight start for Huard, who has both delighted and surprised the Chiefs with his performance. He threw for 288 yards against Arizona, hitting seven of his first eight throws and rallying the Chiefs from a 10-point deficit with less than 10 minutes left. "Everyone believes in a guy who's managing a game like he's managing it," Edwards said. "I'm very pleased. He's done a great job of managing the game. The guys around him are getting more comfortable with him."


Johnson hurt on facemask tackle - 10/09/2006
Source: ESPN

Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson was injured on a facemask tackle at the end of a 78-yard pass play late in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: The play was ugly, and made even scarier by the fact that he lay on the ground motionless for an extended period of time. He's expected to get an MRI on Monday, and only then will we know the full extent of his injury.


Chiefs win wild one over Cardinals, 23-20 - 10/08/2006

Matt Leinart's great start wasn't good enough, and Larry Johnson's bad day had a big but painful finish. Johnson, who rushed for just 36 yards, rumbled 78 yards with a screen pass to set up Lawrence Tynes' 19-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining. The Chiefs rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Arizona Cardinals 23-20. Leinart, in his first NFL start, completed his first six passes, two for touchdowns, against a Kansas City defense that had not allowed a scoring pass in 12 quarters to start the season. On his second pass play, Leinart called an audible from the line of scrimmage, then lofted a 49-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin. And with the clock winding down, Leinart drove the Cardinals into field-goal range. But Neil Rackers missed a 51-yard kick that would have tied it with 2 seconds to play. "It was fun," Leinart said. "I had a good time out there, just playing football. ... I think we can take it as a positive. I think we moved up a little bit as an offense. That was my first start. Now we can just go from there." Johnson's big play had an ugly ending when Arizona's Antrel Rolle grabbed the star running back's facemask and twisted his head as he fell out of bounds. Johnson lay motionless for a moment before getting up and leaving on his own. Larry Fitzgerald caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Leinart, then left the game late in the first quarter with a hamstring injury that Green said "looked fairly serious." Fitzgerald said he would get an MRI on Oct. 9. Notes: The Cardinals have lost four in a row and play a Monday night game at home against unbeaten Chicago in their next contest. ... Johnson's rushing total was his lowest since he gained 34 yards in just seven carries against Philadelphia on Oct. 2, 2006. ... Edgerrin James, who gained 71 yards on 24 carries, said the Cardinals are "making a lot of progress, but we still do stupid things. We're doing some of the stupidest things you can imagine."


Chiefs left tackle Turley inactive - 10/03/2006
Source: ESPN

Left tackle Kyle Turley was inactive Sunday for Kansas City's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Jordan Black, a four-year veteran who struggled last season while filling in at left tackle, was listed as starter.

Fantasy Impact: Turley is attempting a comeback from serious back surgery two years ago, and missed practice all week. Absences like this are to be expected, and shouldn't have a drastic effect unless someone else goes down as well.


Huard, Chiefs back on track, rout 49ers - 10/01/2006

Trent Green was cleared to drive this week, so he joined his Chiefs teammates on the sideline. Out on the field, Damon Huard was obviously happy to have him riding shotgun. Getting advice and encouragement from Green and even suggestions on which plays to run, Huard and the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs played almost flawlessly in a surprising 41-0 rout of San Francisco.


Chiefs RB Johnson held under 100 yards - 09/11/2006
Source: ESPN

Chiefs RB Larry Johnson was held under 100 yards for the first time in 10 games, totally just 68 yards on 18 carries in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson wasn't helped by weak play of the Chiefs offensive line. Things don't look to improve this week against the stout Denver defensive line, especially if QB Trent Green can't play.


If brass is willing, Chiefs players would welcome Welbourn back - 09/07/2006
Source: Yahoo!

John Welbourne, an experienced offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, would receive a warm welcome from teammates if he can convince the front office to bring him back after his steroid suspension ends. DE Jared Allen seemed to sum up the team's sentiments by saying, "I'd like to have him back on this team. He's a neat guy."

Fantasy Impact: The first team offense has struggled, partially as a result of poor offensive line play. The sudden departure of Willie Roaf destabilized the line, and the team could definitely use Welbourne back.


One league's draft - 08/23/2006
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Here are the results of a recent draft: FIRST ROUND Team 1: Shaun Alexaner, RB, Seattle Team 2: LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego

Fantasy Impact: Notice that Portis has dropped to 6th following his injury and the acquisition of Duckett.


Roaf reportedly set to retire; Chiefs hope he reconsiders - 07/28/2006

Willie Roaf says he's retiring and going back to college. The Kansas City Chiefs are holding out hope the 11-time Pro Bowl tackle will return for a 14th season.

Fantasy Impact: Roaf's departure, along with John Welbourne, leaves the once intimidating KC offensive line with much to prove this season.

  Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Year Team G Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Rec Yds YPR YPG YAC 1st
TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
2004 KAN 10 120 581 4.8 58.1 9 0 22 278 12.6 27.8 12 13 2 0 0 0
2005 KAN 16 336 1750 5.2 109.4 20 10 33 343 10.4 21.4 11 13 1 0 5 4
  Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Week Opp Att Yds YPA YPG TD 100+
Yd G
Rec Yds YPR YPG YAC 1st
TD 100+
Yd G
Fum Fum
1CIN 17 68 4 0 0 0 5 80 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2@DEN 27 126 4.7 0 0 1 5 41 8.2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
4SFO 30 101 3.4 0 2 1 4 41 10.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5@ARI 16 36 2.3 0 0 0 6 106 17.7 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
6@PIT 15 26 1.7 0 1 0 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7SDG 28 132 4.7 0 2 1 2 29 14.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8SEA 39 155 4 0 3 1 2 26 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
9@STL 27 172 6.4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10@MIA 18 75 4.2 0 1 0 2 14 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11OAK 31 154 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12DEN 34 157 4.6 0 1 1 1 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13@CLE 28 110 3.9 0 0 1 2 26 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14BAL 23 120 5.2 0 0 1 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15@SDG 19 84 4.4 0 0 0 3 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16@OAK 31 135 4.4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17JAC 33 138 4.2 0 3 1 5 22 4.4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006To Date 416 1789 4.3 111.8 17 12 41 410 10 25.6 0 0 2 1 2 2


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