Chiefs, Johnson reach settlement over suspension

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports the Kansas City Chiefs and RB Larry Johnson reached a settlement on Saturday over his two-game suspension. The two sides agreed that Johnson will still stay away from the team until Nov. 9, but will be docked just one game check instead of two.

Johnson was suspended by the Chiefs Wednesday for conduct detrimental to the team after questioning coach Todd Haley’s ability and using a gay slur on his Twitter account, and then repeating the slur a day later in the locker room with media members present, according to the Kansas City Star.

Since then, there has been dialogue between the league and the NFLPA about the issue, league sources tell La Canfora, with the sides reaching an agreement whereby Johnson will remain away from the team for the stated period but will be docked one game check, which is roughly $280,000.

It is not believed that the team plans to release Johnson upon his reinstatement, reports NFL.com’s Steve Wyche. The two sides avoided a hearing that would have been a result of the non-injury grievance Johnson filed against the team Friday.

The announcement of the settlement is likely to come Monday, according to La Canfora. The Chiefs are not commenting on the matter, while Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, said Friday he was “optimistic about a settlement,” citing recent “positive talks” between the two sides.

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