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Chris Johnson: Report of knee arthritis is 'not accurate'

Chris Johnson sees himself as a victim of his own success.

The running back rushed for 2,006 yards in his second season in the NFL. He's been chasing the ghost ever since.

"Once you rush for 2,000, you set the expectation for yourself," Johnson said Thursday.

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The New York Jets signed the back to a two-year deal Wednesday, steadfast in their belief Johnson still has greatness in his legs as he approaches his 29th birthday. The health of Johnson's surgically repaired knee was a focal point of Johnson's first conference call with New York reporters.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in the day that Johnson had arthritis in his knee, a condition that gave the Jets "some concerns." Johnson characterized Schefter's report as "not accurate."

"If the Jets had any concerns, pretty sure I wouldn't have passed the physical."

Johnson tore his meniscus in the third week of the season, and he pointed to the injury as a contributing factor to his declining production in his final season with the Tennessee Titans. Johnson says he's "pretty close" to being able to participate in offseason workouts and said he'd be ready for the start of training camp.

Johnson said he isn't worried about how he'll be used in tandem with new teammate Chris Ivory. A shared workload makes sense for a six-year veteran with more than 2,000 touches on his résumé.

That gives a whole new meaning to CJ2K.

In the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys discuss Chris Johnson's impact on the Jets, then break down the state of the AFC North.

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