The Arizona Cardinals and running back Chris Johnson agreed to terms on a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.
Johnson, who turns 30 next month, played with the New York Jets last season, his seventh in the NFL, and recorded career lows for carries (155), yards rushing (663) and rushing touchdowns (one) after signing a two-year, $8-million deal. He had rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of first six seasons, all with the Tennessee Titans.
Adding the three-time Pro Bowl player would give the Cardinals a veteran back to complement Andre Ellington, the starter who often lines up as a receiver. Arizona had the worst running game in the NFL last season, averaging 3.3 yards a carry.
Clowney practices with Texans
Jadeveon Clowney practiced with the Houston Texans for the first time since undergoing microfracture knee surgery. The outside linebacker, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft, participated in walk-throughs and individual drills, but did not do any contact work. The team isn't sure when Clowney will play in a game. He played only four games last season because of various injuries before having season-ending surgery in December.
Browns' Seymour suspended
Cleveland backup center Ryan Seymour was suspended by the NFL without pay for this season's first four games for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances. The league did not say which substance Seymour, who started three games for the Browns last season, used.
Rivers plans to retire as a Charger
Philip Rivers will be the Chargers' quarterback through 2019, he said, "wherever we are." Whether the team remains in San Diego or moves to the Los Angeles area, Rivers, 33, will be able to retire with lightning bolts on his helmet after agreeing over the weekend to a four-year, $84-million contract extension — a deal that includes a no-trade clause. Not even the late Junior Seau, a newly inducted Hall of Famer, or LaDainian Tomlinson, who's probably Canton-bound, got to finish their careers as Chargers. "To spend my whole career in one place is very special," Rivers said at a news conference Monday.
Marshall defends Smith
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall came to Geno Smith's defense, saying the injured quarterback was not at fault in last week's locker-room fight. In an interview with ESPN Radio, Marshall said he saw then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali punch Smith and break his jaw. Marshall said Smith did not stick a finger in Enemkpali's face, as some reports suggested. Smith is expected to miss six to 10 weeks.