Dolphins, Needing Depth in Backfield, Sign Larry Johnson

Johnson, 31, gained 2 yards in two games before he was released by the Washington Redskins last September. He was released by the Chiefs after nearly seven seasons in November 2009 and finished the season with Cincinnati.

His time in Kansas City included two suspensions in his final 12 months with the team. The Chiefs released him after he posted a gay slur on his Twitter account and questioned the competence of Coach Todd Haley.

“It’s kind of hard to convince anybody with my colorful background that, yeah, I’ve changed,” Johnson said. “But you change with every situation you go through.”

Before signing Johnson, Miami worked out the veterans Tiki Barber and Clinton Portis. Coach Tony Sparano made the acquisition of Johnson sound very much like a tryout, saying conversations with Johnson convinced the Dolphins he was worth the risk. (AP)

MEETING ON DRUG TESTING N.F.L. officials, including Commissioner Roger Goodell, and representatives from the players’ union will meet with officials from the World Anti-Doping Agency in Montreal on Wednesday to discuss protocols for growth hormone testing.

The N.F.L. wants to start blood testing for growth hormone by the time the regular season begins Sept. 8, and the players union agreed to the testing as part of the new collective bargaining agreement, pending the resolution of what both sides have called details about how the testing would work.

Player representatives have expressed reservations about the accuracy of the blood tests and the procedures for collecting blood, and union executives have said the union wants to do research into the tests. When the collective bargaining agreement was completed, union officials said they did not expect a problem working out the details of H.G.H. testing in time for it to begin by the start of the season.

But with just two weeks until the opener, that deadline seems in peril. If the H.G.H. agreement is not reached by the start of the season, the N.F.L. will use the same drug testing program it used in 2010 until an agreement on H.G.H. testing is reached. That means players would not be able to appeal drug test findings to an independent third-party arbitrator, a right they won in the new labor deal. JUDY BATTISTA

TITANS TO MEET JOHNSON Tennessee running back Chris Johnson said he was flying to Nashville to meet with the Titans’ general manager Wednesday, a move that could bring both sides closer to getting a deal done and ending his holdout.

Johnson has two years left on his contract but has refused to report to camp. The Titans have said they will make him the highest-paid running back in N.F.L. history but want him to report first. (AP)

MCKINNIE TO RAVENS The Baltimore Ravens and offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie agreed on a two-year deal, pending his passing a physical. McKinnie was cut in training camp by the Minnesota Vikings after he reported overweight. He played nine seasons for the Vikings. (AP)

CARDINALS QUARTERBACK HURT The Arizona Cardinals are down to two quarterbacks after Max Hall partly dislocated his shoulder. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Hall’s injury was the same as the one that sidelined him late last season.

The backup quarterback John Skelton is wearing a walking boot on his right foot for what Whisenhunt said appeared to be a high ankle sprain. That left Kevin Kolb and Richard Bartel for practice. (AP)

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