Chiefs aren’t likely to release Johnson

The Kansas City Chiefs and RB Larry Johnson agreed to a settlement on Saturday, avoiding a hearing that would have been a result of a grievance Johnson filed against the team Friday.

Although Johnson won’t suffer the financial burden he could have by missing two weeks of game checks, the fact that the team wants him to stay away — during a bye week and the Nov. 8 game vs. Jacksonville – is a sign of how fractured things are between the organization and its one-time Pro Bowl tailback.

Johnson’s long-term status with the Chiefs appears unstable. However, it is not believed that the team plans to release Johnson upon his reinstatement, according to a source. Two NFL general managers said Friday that if Johnson were to be cut and land on the open market, there would not be much interest around the league because of his repeated character issues.

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