Johnson files grievance against Chiefs over suspension

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RB Larry Johnson filed a grievance against the Chiefs over his recent suspension. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

Chiefs RB Larry Johnson has filed a non-injury grievance against the Chiefs, who suspended him for two weeks on Wednesday for comments on the social networking site Twitter and in the locker room.

The alleged derogatory remarks were cited as conduct detrimental to the team. Since the disciplinary action was taken by the Chiefs, the NFL is not involved in the handling of the situation and any further action is between the team and the player and/or his representatives.

Johnson also filed for an expedited hearing through the players union, in which an independent arbitrator could rule on the team’s punishment at some point next week. The Chiefs and Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, have engaged in settlement talks, according to The Kansas City Star, as a means to reach an accord before a hearing takes place.

Johnson, according to a source, doesn’t want to miss the nearly $600,000 in game checks he would lose during his suspension. He also wants to play, according to the source. Should a settlement be reached, the grievance hearing would be voided.

Kansas City has a bye this week and faces Jacksonville Nov. 8. Johnson currently is not allowed to take part in team activities during that time.

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