More trouble for Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson has been a real headache for fantasy leaguers in recent weeks.

Due to off-field issues, the talented runner has been deactivated the past two games. Now comes word that he’s been been charged with simple assault after allegedly spitting a drink in a woman’s face.

Johnson turned himself in on Monday and was released after posting a $500 bond.

It is the fourth time in the past five years that Johnson has been accused of assaulting a woman, so a suspension from the NFL could be imminent. As a result, he’s no lock to be available in Week 9.

Jamaal Charles would have been a nice sleeper if and when Johnson were suspended, but the Kansas City Star reports he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Jets that could force him to miss several weeks.

That leaves Kolby Smith to see the bulk of carries against the Buccaneers. What’s more, he could be the top back for coach Herm Edwards for several weeks in a worst-case scenario.

Smith is not a great option in fantasy play, but a starting running back always has at least some level of value.

If Johnson were in fact suspended and Charles is out for an extended period with his injured ankle, Smith would become a hot name on the waiver wire.

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