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Chris Johnson to Delanie Walker: Call the ‘cancers’ out during the season

Chris JohnsonTennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker said earlier this week that a handful of locker room “cancers” cost the team a decent season and resulted in Mike Munchak losing his job. His comments caused many — myself included — to speculate that one of the cancers he was referring to is Chris Johnson.

Johnson took offense to that. Shortly after Walker’s comments went viral, the Titans running back took to Twitter to scold Walker for not naming names.

“I usually dont do this but if you feel certain people was cancer to the team call them out and say names,” Johnson wrote. “It’s to late to mention it once season is over. Call the cancer out during the year so we can get things fixed instead of waitin and letting the team slip away #JUSTSAYING.”

It was obvious Johnson was irritated with what Walker said, though it appears the two were able to hash things out and clear the air quickly. A short while later, CJ?K redirected his frustration toward the media.

“Me and @delaniewalker82 talk all the time no shots fired we on same page but when people outside of the locker room try in say who the cancers r its crazy,” he wrote.

Given some of the selfish comments he has made in the past and the questionable effort he has put forth during games, it makes sense that Johnson would be one of the cancers Walker was speaking of. Otherwise, his future with the team wouldn’t be in doubt.

H/T LBS reader Pete M.

Delanie Walker: Mike Munchak lost his job because of ‘cancers’

mike-munchakThe Tennessee Titans looked like they could be in for a good year in 2013 when they started out the season by winning three out of four against quality opponents. Then the wheels fell off and they lost eight of their next ten, closing out the season with two wins that did not mean a whole lot.

Delanie Walker, who set careers highs in receptions (60), yards (571) and touchdowns (6) in his first year with the team, said on Thursday that the Titans had several “cancers” in their locker room that dragged the team down.

“When we started losing more games, we got to see it more and more, it was just like it was falling apart,” Walker told The Midday 180 in Nashville, via ESPN.com. “And the players that were the cancer were dragging other players into that box with them, and the box was getting bigger and bigger. At first, it was just a small box. The box just got bigger and bigger.

“Everybody [saw] it. So I feel like these coaches are going to come in, they’re going to watch film and they’re going to see. They’re going to see what type of players that want to be here and don’t want to be here, and he’s going to get rid of them. I feel that’s what type of coach [recently hired coach Ken Whisenhunt is].”

Walker said there were up to six players who qualified as “cancers,” though he would not say who. He said there were a number of players who wanted out and “didn’t care” if the team won or lost. He also said those players cost Mike Munchak his job after a promising start.

“I felt like that is why Munchak is not back with the Tennessee Titans, because we had players like that that really let him down,” Walker said. “They didn’t show up to play for him. They really didn’t care if Munchak had a job or not.”

While Walker said a lot of the “cancers” had issues with money, you can’t help but think one of the players he was talking about is Chris Johnson. Johnson has blamed his offensive line for struggles and made it clear that he will not take a pay cut to remain in Tennessee. Many believe he will not be back with the Titans next season. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t one of Walker’s six.

Erik Walden headbutts Delanie Walker after ripping his helmet off

Erik Walden Delanie WalkerErik Walden was penalized during the second quarter of Thursday’s Indianapolis Colts-Tennessee Titans game for headbutting Delanie Walker. Walden and Walker were tangled up after Walker blocked Walden on a running play. A frustrated Walden ripped off Walker’s helmet, so Walker walked up to Walden. Walden responded by headbutting the helmetless Walker.

You can see another angle of the headbutt below:

The Colts entered the game averaging 3.7 penalties per game, which was the fewest in the NFL. They had back-to-back penalties on that drive that helped set up a Titans field goal. The referees must have missed the headbutt, because such a move should result in an ejection.

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