Jeff Risdon of RealGM.com is reporting that running back Larry Johnson has played his final game with the Kansas City Chiefs. Risdon claims that a source inside the team has indicated that Johnson will be released before the Chiefs next game, which is in two weeks.
Johnson was outspoken over the weekend on Twitter, trashing Kansas City's first year head coach Todd Haley. His tweets included slurs that have offended many people, and various anti-defamation groups have called for strong action from the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell.
On Tuesday, the Chiefs informed Johnson that he was not welcome around any Chiefs players or at any of the team's facilities.
The apparent pending departure of Johnson means Jamaal Charles will become the man at the top of the Chiefs' depth chart. Charles, in his second year out of Texas, has 116 yards on the season, and is averaging five yards per carry.
Charles, at just 5'11 and 199 pounds, is smaller than Johnson but is considered a better receiver out of the backfield than Johnson. He is also averaging almost six yards per carry on first and second downs this year for Kansas City.
In deeper leagues, or if you have multiple backs on bye in Week Nine or beyond, Charles might be a worth sleeper for a bench. He's certainly worth taking Johnson's spot on your fantasy team's roster, just as he has in Kansas City.