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Larry Johnson a no-show for media availability

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said this week that he's "looking forward to the competition" running back Larry Johnson will provide Clinton Portis at the running back position.

We'd hoped to bring you some thoughts and quotes from Johnson himself today. He was scheduled to meet with reporters this afternoon, but that meeting has been canceled. The team's public relations staff announced that Johnson had not yet shown up at the facility, and they'd try to reschedule the media availability.

Hopefully, that meeting with reporters will take place soon, as his signing has been perhaps the team's biggest of the offseason and fans are certainly curious about what's happening ni the Redskins' backfield.

Speaking at the owners' meetings Wednesday in Orlando, Shanahan said he reviewed every run Johnson made last season and felt very comfortable about signing the oft-troubled running back.

"Larry's a guy who has done it consistently through the years. It will be interesting to see what type of shape he will be in," Shanahan said. "But over the first week, he's a very, very hard worker. He hasn't missed a day. He's only been in there four or five days, but you can tell that he likes to work. And he's looking forward to the competition at the position. That's what you're looking for."

Shanahan was asked whether Johnson's can still be productive now that he's 30 years old. "I don't think there's any question that he has the type of body to do that," he said. "One of the few guys that does. He's a big, strong kid."

By Rick Maese  |  March 25, 2010; 1:21 PM ET
Categories:  Free agency  
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Comments

Cue the chicken littles.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 25, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't show up to talk to these bama reporters either, all they do is try and twist what you say to meet there agenda.

He is working hard and thats better then talking to reporters.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 25, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Shanny stole my shirt.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 25, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Whoever taped that video clip of shanahan in this post is wayyyyyyyy to close to his face. F****ing creepy.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | March 25, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting a little freaked out by the still pictures of that reddish-orange man.

And by the Cornell alma mater.

Such as.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 25, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | March 25, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Better than Vinny. He stole my will to live.

Posted by: closer44 | March 25, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Allow me to put the kabosh on this JC isn't worth a first nonsense: JC for the rest of his contract, one year, is not worth a first.

A team would have to send a first, and THEN start negotiating a contract extension. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that if a team just traded a first rounder for the right to negotiate a contract with you, you have all the leverage.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | March 25, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Dang ol' beeps

Posted by: mattsoundworld | March 25, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm... first Haynesworth rejects the team concept of working out together and now Johnson fails to show for media day.... Hmmmmmmmm.
One wonders if all this respect for the new regime has sprung some leaks.
Not promising for 2 of the teams key players who have worrisome records of past disrespect and acting out.
Maybe it's time to open up the whp drawer before this spreads to Portis, Landry, etc.

Posted by: pd2710 | March 25, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm... first Haynesworth rejects the team concept of working out together and now Johnson fails to show for media day.... Hmmmmmmmm.
One wonders if all this supposed respect for the new regime and its' authority has sprung some leaks.
Not promising for 2 of the team's key players who have worrisome records of past disrespect and acting out.
Maybe it's time for Shanahan to show them the whip (in a jockey's virnacular) before this spreads to Portis, Landry, etc.

Posted by: pd2710 | March 25, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm... first Haynesworth rejects the team concept of working out together and now Johnson fails to show for media day.... Hmmmmmmmm.
One wonders if all this supposed respect for the new regime and its' authority has sprung some leaks.
Not promising for 2 of the team's key players who have worrisome records of past disrespect and acting out.
Maybe it's time for Shanahan to show them the whip (in a jockey's virnacular) before this spreads to Portis, Landry, etc.

Posted by: pd2710 | March 25, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmmmmmmmm You sound like an idiot! Just because he doesn't show to talk to the media the respect has sprung a leak? Your an idiot!!!

Posted by: wstclair | March 25, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey Westclod,
I notice you didn't mention Haynessworth thumbing his 100 million dollar nose at the coaching staff as regards training with the team. As for Johnson not showing for A SCHEDULED media day appearance you obviously missed the irritation in Rick's tone of this piece.
Finally, the only idiocy here is yours for not learning from the last 2 years of undisciplined behavior and poor conditioning by many of the "stars" on the team. Even team members acknowledge this and you can bet your ass that there are more than a few players pissed that Haynesworth gets to dance to his own tune on this score. These prima donas are always feeling out their limits.
Crawl back in your hole oh unobservant one.

Posted by: pd2710 | March 25, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Where else but Washington could could such an old, tired and washed up player earn starting wages for doing limited spot duty?

In his absence, we gotta figure the reason he was a no show is that he dared not remind anyone of how preposterous it is that he should be given a three-year contract here.

Also gotta figure that this probably won't be the last occasion where he fails to show or pass muster.

Posted by: Vic1 | March 25, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!


Thank You Deadskins especially Little Danny Boy - Oh that's right your big Blond babe thinks you're a big boy since you buy all these train wrecks - Late Johnson and Fat Albert. I hear Pac-man a callin'!!! He'd look great in those racist uniforms - they'd fit like a glove. Enjoy the view from the basement Deadskin fans!!!

Posted by: billm32 | March 25, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, settle down, do you need a closer view of his colon? He's probably at U-Haul or something. Y'all need to back up off his D.

Posted by: Corvis777 | March 25, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

If the content of last year's tweets is any indication, LJ not talking to the media is a good thing, not a bad one. I personally would not care if he didn't talk to a single reporter all year long, as long as he showed up at camp in shape and ready to practice and play hard.

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 25, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Vic1 | March 25, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"Washed up?" Soooo, either you think that Shanny is lying when he said that he watched all of LJ's runs last year, or or that he can't tell the difference between a runner who is "washed up" and one who isn't?

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 25, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

If Orakpo could show up for offseason workouts at Redskins Park, why couldn't Hainsworth? If Larry Johnson was scheduled to show up to talk to the media, he should have shown up to talk to the media. It has nothing to do with liking the media. It has to do with a guy who's been a pain in the butt for other organizations already missing a commitment. And it's not about the importance of the commitment, it's about the mind set of the player. There's a reason Johnson was available for the Redskins to pick up on the cheap.

Posted by: sonny2 | March 25, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

What good is a mike in your face unless you can spit on it?

Posted by: ElYeah | March 25, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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