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Terrell Davis questions Titans running back Chris Johnson’s desire

Anwar S. Richardson
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Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson went under the knife on Tuesday.

Johnson was verbally sliced, too.

As Johnson endured surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee on Tuesday, former NFL running back Terrell Davis, who is currently an NFL Network analyst, questioned the runner’s desire.

"I believe he still has something in the tank,” Davis told The Tennessean. “To me, it is more about his desire to want to do it. We’ve seen his talent, and he can still do what he wants to do. If you question anything about him it is about whether he has the desire to be great, when things are ugly. Are you willing to bang your head against the wall if the wall is not breaking down? To me, he doesn’t have that.

"When I watch film, I don’t see the effort in him. And I never, ever want to question somebody’s effort. But … the tape, it doesn’t lie. And I don’t see the desire I saw when he was Chris Johnson, the no-big-contract Chris Johnson. I see times when maybe he is not getting as many yards as he could. He could break a few more tackles, and maybe hit the hole a little harder at times."

Davis not be alone in his assessment.

Johnson is slated to earn $8 million in 2014, but many NFL observers believe the Titans will release him. He is not interested in taking a pay cut, which could leave Johnson looking for employment this offseason.

In 2013, Johnson finished with 1,077 rushing yards (11th in the NFL) and six touchdowns. It was the second-lowest rushing total of his career since he ran for 1,047 yards in 2011.

Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns, plus 503 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 2009. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards since entering the NFL in 2008, but has not come close to duplicating that 2009 season.

His lack of desire is apparently the culprit, according to Davis.

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