Chad Johnson has partially torn labrum

CINCINNATI (TICKER) Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, but will attempt to play through the injury.

Johnson was wearing a harness at Monday’s practice and told reporters if the shoulder pops out, he would need season-ending surgery.

However, the talkative wideout said it is “unlikely” that his shoulder will pop out. He also revealed that he has spoken with 10 players who have played with the injury. Among them are all guys that catch the ball - Kellen Winslow, Donte Stallworth and Brian Westbrook.

Johnson said he won’t need the surgery, “If I make it through.”

A five-time Pro Bowler, Johnson suffered what was thought be a sprained shoulder on August 17 in a preseason game against the Detroit Lions. He left the field after failing to make a leaping catch on Carson Palmer’s third-down pass during the Bengals’ first drive.

Johnson did not seem to worried about the injury, and claims he will be ready for the season opener at Baltimore on September 7.

“I’m lifting my normal weight. I do everything normal now. Everything,” said Johnson, who caught 93 passes for 1,440 yards and eight touchdowns last season. “It’s been what? Eight days? (since the injury) I’m back to normal.”

Johnson lobbied to play in Thursday’s preseason finale against Indianapolis, but head coach Marvin Lewis said he doesn’t want to take a chance with his star receiver.


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Updated Monday, Aug 25, 2008