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Bears | Team offered B. Johnson an injury settlement

Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports the Chicago Bears offered FB Bryan Johnson (hamstring) an injury settlement. He refused it and instead was placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve list. He had surgery on his right hamstring a week ago, a relatively new procedure designed to help him heal quicker, and the original word he got was that he would be back on the field next month. Johnson's agent, Derrick Fox, was surprised Monday morning, Aug. 28, when the Bears called and asked him to accept the injury settlement, meaning Johnson would receive less than the $625,000 he is under contract for this season. ''I wasn't going to accept a settlement,'' Fox said. ''Based on what? This is a new surgery, and we don't know exactly how it is going to heal. Why would I settle for less? I told the Bears I don't know how it's going to heal up, and neither do they. I would have never known about these people Bryan went to see if it weren't for the Bears. Now they want him to take a settlement?''

2006-08-29 05:27:39 | Source:

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