Ex-Tumwater star Johnson still sidelined

nfl notebook: Dallas rookie to stay home with hamstring woes when Cowboys visit

Staff and news servicesSeptember 13, 2012 

Dallas Cowboys rookie safety Matt Johnson, from Tumwater, won’t travel with the team for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks while he rehabs a hamstring injury, the team said Wednesday.

Sunday’s game between the Seahawks (0-1) and Cowboys (1-0) is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at CenturyLink Field.

Johnson, a 2007 Tumwater High School graduate, has been dealing with hamstring injuries since July. He missed most of Dallas’ training camp because of a left hamstring injury, and he was sent to the sideline after injuring his right hamstring during an exhibition game against St. Louis on Aug. 25.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Johnson was also forced to miss organized team activities (OTAs) because of classes at Eastern Washington University earlier this summer. He was a fourth-round draft pick by Dallas in April’s draft.

A biceps injury prematurely ended Johnson’s collegiate career at Eastern. He finished his Eagles career with 17 interceptions and 341 tackles in 45 games.

During Johnson’s senior season of football at Tumwater in 2006, he earned second-team all-2A EvCo honors at defensive back despite missing five games because of an injury. CHAD JOHNSON’S WOE

Six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson has been formally charged in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery.

He faces up to a year in county jail.

Johnson was arrested last month after his wife, Evelyn Lozada, accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home.

The Dolphins released Johnson a day after his arrest.


Robert Griffin III is the first rookie quarterback to win an offensive player of the week award after his debut game.

Griffin was the NFC offensive player of the week for his performance in the Washington Redskins’ 40-32 win over the New Orleans Saints.

The No. 2 overall draft pick completed 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday’s victory — the first player in league history to amass 300-plus yards passing, two or more passing touchdowns and no interceptions in an NFL debut.

Griffin is also the first rookie quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards and win a season opener.


Arizona quarterback John Skelton, out with a sprained right ankle, did not practice Wednesday but coach Ken Whisenhunt would not rule him out for Sunday. … Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has been excused to be with his family after his younger brother was one of three people shot and killed in a suburb of Birmingham, Ala., last weekend. He should return in time for Buffalo’s home opener against Kansas City on Sunday. … Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith was fined $15,750 for his horse-collar tackle that prevented a touchdown on Michael Boley’s interception return in the season-opening win over the Giants. … Injury-riddled Jacksonville claimed offensive tackle Troy Kropog off waivers from Tennessee. … Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who suffered what the team called a “mild concussion” in last Sunday’s victory over the Buffalo Bills, was cleared to resume physical activity – running and lifting weights – but he’s still not allowed to participate in contact drills.

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