- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 10, 2009

From combined dispatches

The Kansas City Chiefs released troubled running back Larry Johnson.

A two-paragraph statement from the team Monday simply listed Johnson’s statistics and announced his release. Johnson was due to come off a two-week suspension Monday.

Johnson apparently caused the Chiefs to run out of patience after his latest brush with controversy. He questioned coach Todd Haley’s credentials on his Twitter account, insulted fans and used a gay slur. He then repeated the slur to reporters the next day.

BILLS: If Tony Dungy believes Michael Vick would be a good fit in Buffalo, Donte Whitner is on board.

Confident Vick can regain his once-dynamic form, the Bills safety said Monday he would encourage his team to pursue Vick if the Eagles decide to release Vick in the offseason.

PANTHERS: Carolina lost perhaps its most productive defensive player when tests showed weakside linebacker Thomas Davis has a torn ACL in his right knee.

BENGALS: Receiver Chris Henry will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his broken left forearm.

PACKERS: Green Bay outside linebacker Aaron Kampman played most of Sunday’s loss at Tampa Bay with a concussion before leaving the game in the fourth quarter. His availability for the Packers’ upcoming game against Dallas is unclear.

BEARS: Saying he was embarrassed and that he has to control himself, Chicago defensive tackle Tommie Harris apologized for throwing a punch at Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Deuce Lutui.

“I was embarrassed, especially for my actions,” Harris said. “I apologized to him [Sunday], called Larry [Fitzgerald] and had a chance to apologize to him. I shouldn’t have behaved in that manner, and I apologized to my teammates.”

STEELERS: Pittsburgh played it safe with safety Ryan Clark and held him out of the team’s 28-10 win over Denver on Monday night.

Clark nearly died following a game in Denver two years ago because of a rare blood disorder that is aggravated by playing in high altitude.

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