The New York Jets’ signing of Chris Johnson has come with a dose of controversy as reports that the running back’s knee has arthritis is dampening the happy mood Jets fans are enjoying for once. But while ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that one of Johnson’s knees has arthritis, the running back has fired back by saying the report simply isn’t true.
Schefter specifically reports that the knee has arthritis. Which means that cartilage is either gone or disappearing. Which means that Johnson could have chronic issues with the knee as his career continues.
Johnson disputed the report during his introductory conference call with the Jets. Johnson said there’s no arthritis in his knee.
Johnson has stated that his new contract will help prove his haters wrong and that he’ll revive his old self with the Jets. But we’re not 24 hours into his tenure as a member of the team and already his health is being called into question.
There’s only one thing Johnson can do to make this report meaningless and that’s to go out and ball. If he puts up old numbers, no one is going to care if he has two knees or just one so long as he can run.