New York Jets running back Chris Johnson was injured in a shooting while stopped at a light in a car in Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning according to an Associated Press report. The driver of the vehicle was killed while Johnson and another passenger were reportedly shot in the shoulder.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer tweeted Sunday that Johnson was in Florida visiting family to take a break from training at Glazer’s gym in Los Angeles. Glazer tweeted Monday that he heard from Johnson, who reported being in good physical condition.
Just heard from Chris Johnson. He says luckily no damage.
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 9, 2015
The AP reported that Johnson is expected to make a full recovery and that no arrests had been made. The report stated that another vehicle pulled up to the Jeep Johnson was in and opened fire. The driver Dreekius Oricko Johnson was killed.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and everyone impacted by this tragic even,” the Jets said in a statement.
Johnson’s football future was already in question before the shooting. While he is still technically on the Jets roster, the organization declined to pick up an option on his contract, meaning he’ll officially be an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, the league's official start to the 2015 season. Johnson was displeased with his role on New York. He rushed for just 663 yards and one touchdown on just 155 carries last season.
Johnson was once perhaps the most explosive running back in the NFL. He rushed for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2009, just one of seven 2,000-yard single-season rushers in history. The 29-year-old averaged a solid 4.3 yards-per-carry in 2014 but his season total was less than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.
Johnson signed a two-year, $8 million deal with New York before last season after six years with the Tennessee Titans. The Titans drafted Johnson in the first round out of East Carolina in 2008. His 40-yard dash time of 4.24 seconds still stands as the fastest ever at the NFL Combine.