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CHIEFS' JOHNSON APOLOGIZES; TEAM SAYS STAY AWAY

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs running back Larry Johnson issued an apology Tuesday but was asked to stay away from team activities and was not at team headquarters for practice during an off week.

It is not a suspension but is similar to the punishment Johnson faced after last year's bye week, when the Chiefs benched him after a series of arrests.

Johnson, 29, posted demeaning comments, directed at coach Todd Haley, on his Twitter profile after Sunday's loss to the Chargers. He used a gay slur while responding to a follower, and he used a gay slur Monday after telling reporters he wasn't speaking publicly until Thursday.

Johnson's apology: "First of all, I want to apologize to the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs and the rest of the NFL, Commissioner Goodell, the Chiefs organization, Coach Todd Haley, his staff, and my teammates for the words I used yesterday. I regret my actions. The words were used by me in frustration, and they were not appropriate. I did not intend to offend anyone, but that is no excuse.

"I also want to apologize to all the kids who view athletes as role models. I was not a good role model yesterday."

BILLS: Defensive back Donte Whitner was placed in a first-time offenders program with probation for three months for a disorderly conduct case.

DOLPHINS: Linebacker William Kershaw signed, and cornerback Will Allen (left knee) went on injured reserve.

EAGLES: Running back Brian Westbrook was knocked out after his helmet hit the knee of Redskins linebacker London Fletcher in Monday's game. Coach Andy Reid confirmed that Westbrook lost consciousness as a result of the hit. Reid said Westbrook had no memory of the incident.

FALCONS: Former Bucs running back Aaron Stecker signed. The team was without fullback Ovie Mughelli and backup running back Jerious Norwood due to injuries in a loss at Dallas.

49ERS: Starting right offensive tackle Tony Pashos will miss the rest of the season with a broken left-shoulder blade.

JAGUARS: Rashean Mathis, the team's best defensive back, might miss Sunday's game due to a broken index finger on his left hand.

JETS: Cornerback-kick returner Justin Miller was signed as a replacement for injured Leon Washington on special teams.

REDSKINS: Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth questioned teammates' desire after Monday's loss: "Urgency, heart, 'want-to,' whatever. I don't know. We're lacking a lot of stuff. The fans are losing interest. ... It's getting bad.'' ... Tight end Chris Cooley, at first feared lost for the season, has surgery scheduled today for a broken right ankle and a doctor's second opinion says he might return after a month.

TITANS: Owner Bud Adams told coach Jeff Fisher he wants Vince Young to start at quarterback on Sunday. Fisher said there's no tension with Adams.

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