Some choice quotes from Chad Johnson courtesy of my friend C. Trent Rosecran's blog.
I especially like the one in bold.
Thanks again Trent for the great stuff. Well, I guess I should thank Chad.
Quotes from the open locker room:
Chad Johnson was asked if he was concenred, he said no and was asked if it's just because it's preseason:
"Because it’s preseason and we don’t have all the key factors in there right now."
How long will that take?
"For us? With the factors we have? Two or three days. It’s like riding a bike, once you get on you figure it out real fast."
It was noted that the three hadn't been together on the field since the end of last season:
"That’s no different than Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie off filming a movie and they’re apart that long and when they get together they’re having kids. It’s the same when we get back on the field together, we’re going to produce."
As for his shoulder:
"It’s good. There’s nothing wrong with me. I need surgery. But there’s still nothing wrong with me."
You need surgery, you’ll have it when?
"I’m not going to have it. For what?"
You need it but you’re not going to have it?
"For what? I’ve got a season to play."
He joked that he was back to full strength because of steroids and HGH.
Johnson was also in a protective harness.
"Precaution. It makes me look sexy. I like it. I have to. I’ve talked to a lot of people who have played with this injury. Kellen Winslow, Dante Stallworth, Westbrook, maybe about 10 guys I’ve talked to, they didn’t get surgery, they played and had a successful season. So I’ll be fine."
On his challenge with Michael Phelps:
"I was playing around and he took it on himself to call me back out, which was not very smart. I’m sure we’ll have something in the works after the season ends. It’s not set. I have other things to focus on besides Phelps, like Baltimore."
He said he wanted to play Thursday:
"I asked Marvin to play Thursday, just to not to prove a point, but to show that I’m ready to go and he told me no. There’s no need. I already got hurt in one preseason game, there’s no reason for another. I will be ready for the opener and it’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be a good Ocho day."
And asked if he could re-injure his shoulder:
"The risk of it happening again isn’t much." And as he said that, he knocked on his wooden locker.