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Johnson reiterated on Monday that he would not step in if Harper feels up to playing later this week and continues to insist he is fine.

“He’s been playing with it off and on for the last week,” Johnson said. “They were treating it last week as a sprain. A sprain, you just give it ultrasound and massage and hopefully you get by it. So this may be even better that we know it’s inflammation. They can correct that with medication. So it might be perfect.

“Hopefully this medication will calm it down and let him finish the rest of the year.”