The Chiefs said today running back Larry Johnson will miss his third straight game when they play the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but would not further clarify the extent of his sprained right foot.
The club cited patient-doctor privacy laws as a reason for not disclosing further information, saying that’s the way Johnson wants it. There have been reports that Johnson’s foot is broken or has a hairline fracture, but all the Chiefs have said is he has experienced swelling and have not confirmed or denied the speculation.
“If a patient doesn’t want medical information out there,” Chiefs president Carl Peterson said, “then (the doctor) is obligated, as we are, under the rules of HIPAA, of not going into detail.
“We’re just going to give what we’re required to give by the National Football League for a lot of reasons all we have to do is say, is whether he going to be out this week, or is he questionable, probable, doubtful, and we announced he is out for this week.”
Peterson said, based on team doctors’ recommendations, “it’s a week to week proposition. We’re going to look at it each week and see what kind of progress has made.”
Johnson sustained the injury during the Chiefs’ 33-22 loss to Green Bay on Nov. 4.
Johnson, who has missed the last two games, losses to Denver and at Indianapolis, had been undergoing treatments twice a day, according to the team, before seeing a specialist on Monday.
. Before the injury, Johnson had started eight games, carrying 158 times for 559 yards (a 3.5-yard average), with three touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown.
Priest Holmes will continue to be the Chiefs’ starting running back.