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Chris Johnson underwent stem-cell treatment surgery on his left knee in the offseason.

We knew Johnson had surgery, but up until now it had been classified as a mere scope. When Johnson tore his meniscus in Week 3 last season, he says he lost a ton of cartilage. Injecting stem cells -- taken from a bone marrow sample near Johnson's pelvis -- into the area "might be able to help rebuild that cartilage." The hope is that the stem cells will help rebuild the tissue in Johnson's knee. Stem-cell treatment is becoming very common among all pro athletes.

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According to the New York Post, the Jets put Chris Johnson "in motion" and "flexed him out as a wide receiver quite a few times" during his first practice of training camp Thursday.

Johnson played some receiver at East Carolina. Playing wideout and slot could give the Jets increased flexibility on offense, perhaps with CJ?K and Chris Ivory on the field together in some formations. "Having that kind of game-breaker out of the backfield certainly will get your attention," coach Rex Ryan said. "The kid at Buffalo, Spiller, is one of those guys that has that kind of speed. Chris, obviously, your antenna is up every time he comes out of that backfield. If he motions out, the DBs know, like wait a second, here's a 4.2. You'll approach him differently than you would most halfbacks." Johnson remains a dicey RB2/flex in re-draft leagues.

Chris Johnson RB NYJ 2 Months

Chris Johnson (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp.

Coach Rex Ryan described CJ?K as "flying" during his Wednesday conditioning run, which isn't surprising because Johnson has always possessed blazing straight-line speed. Johnson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus this past January, but it was never expected to threaten his training camp status. He's expected to be 1A to Chris Ivory's 1B in the Jets' 2014 backfield.

Chris Johnson RB NYJ 2 Months

ESPN New York expects the Jets to take a backfield-by-committee approach.

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Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg referred to Chris Johnson as a "first-ballot Hall of Famer."

First-ballot HOF running backs, even on the downside of their careers, don't typically share carries. So if Mornhinweg truly believes Johnson belongs in that category, he'll be a good bet to hold off Chris Ivory. Johnson recently stated he doesn't believe the Jets' backfield will be a timeshare. We suspect it's probably only a matter of time before he begins complaining about his workload.

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Chris Johnson believes he will not be involved in a timeshare with Chris Ivory on the Jets.

"As for the timeshare and all that, it won't be an issue I'm pretty sure," said Johnson. "... At the end of the day, if I continue to play like I've been playing, they're going to keep handing the ball off to me." It's worth noting that incumbent starter Ivory averaged 4.58 yards per carry last season. Johnson averaged 3.86. There's a good case to be made that Ivory is the Jets' best runner.

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Chris Johnson (knee surgery) said he's been "pretty much cleared" by Dr. James Andrews.

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Jets RBs coach Anthony Lynn indicated the team will limit Chris Johnson's usage in an effort to "keep him fresh."

The Jets may believe Johnson would produce more big plays if given fewer carries. "He's got some miles on him," Lynn acknowledged. "So we're going to have to be strategic in how we use him, and when we use him, to keep him fresh so that he can be the explosive guy that I know that he can be." Lynn suggested Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell will all be involved. With declining volume, Johnson is going to be a dicey RB2 fantasy investment.

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Chris Johnson told reporters Wednesday he believes he's still capable of rushing for 2,000 yards.

"I'd just retire and not play anymore if I didn't feel like I was still capable of being a 2,000-yard back," Johnson said. "I know I have the ability." On tape, we haven't noticed a severe decline in ability from Johnson, but his willingness to fight for yardage and break tackles has waned. "I don't feel like I'm getting older or I lost a step," he insisted. "I still feel good. I still feel explosive." Johnson is expected to be the Jets' lead back in a committee with Chris Ivory.

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Chris Johnson (knee) participated in individual drills in Tuesday's minicamp session, and is "very close" to 100 percent.

The man formerly known as CJ2K is going to be ready for training camp. Speaking earlier this week, Jets RBs coach Anthony Lynn said Johnson is "definitely going to get the ball," but that how much will be "up to him." Translation, Johnson can't flash the disinterest that crept into his game in recent years in Tennessee.