Titans' Johnson not wanting for work

Posted Sept. 15, 2010 @ 4:14 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

With RB Chris Johnson getting 27 carries in the season opener vs. Oakland, including seven after the Titans took a 25-point lead late in the third quarter, the message came across loud and clear: the Titans continue to have no reservations about giving Johnson a lot of work. Johnson, who averaged a combined 29.7 rushes and receptions in the final 10 games of the '09 season, received 31 touches in Week One. Backup Javon Ringer’s role is to give Johnson a breather when Johnson needs it. "We're trying to get the ball to C.J. as often as we can, and when we get tired, we'll put Javon in," head coach Jeff Fisher explained. Fisher also said that fear of a player getting hurt does not enter his mind when making substitution decisions and that Ringer didn't need any extra work. Of his thought process on leaving Johnson in late in the game, Fisher said, "We're trying to win football games and play players and get them ready for the long haul."