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November 20, 2008 11:40 AM

Chad Johnson Is Out For Tonight's Game (UPDATED)

Don't expect any wild shenanigans during TD-celebrations tonight - or more accurately for this season, don't expect another disappointing 3 catches for 28 yards - Chad Johnson has been benched for tonight's game against the Steelers.

The Cincinnati Bengals say Chad Ocho Cinco, the wide receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson, will be deactivated for Thursday night's game with the Pittsburgh Steelers for violating a team rule.

The Bengals did not specify the violation and said there would be no further comment until after the game.


The NFL Network's Adam Schefter (via PFT) is reporting that "Johnson 'got into it last night with someone in the Cincinnati organization,' apparently at a team function."

I don't think we've heard the last about this.

UPDATE: Apparently, it wasn't a fight - Ocho Cinco simply overslept, according to Bengals radio play-by-play man, Brad Johansen.

Chad Johnson will be deactivated from the game tonight for being late to an 8:30 p.m. meeting last night after arriving from Pittsburgh. Chad told the coaches that he overslept and begged Marvin Lewis to play this evening but was told that he has to be abide by the same rules that everybody else on the team has to abide by and that when rules are broken there are consequences. Chad said no matter how hard he tried to convince the coach to play he understands the ruling. Johnson was dealing with a swollen right knee that he injured Tuesday in practice and was having difficulty running on Wednesday but was still planning to play Thursday night.

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