Updated: 1:45 p.m.
In an effort to get back on the field and throw with quarterback Carson Palmer before training camp, Chad Johnson had what are thought to be bone spurs and chips removed from his right ankle Wednesday. The Bengals said in a press release that he's expected to ready by the time of the first training camp practice on July 28, more proof that the five-time Pro Bowl receiver plans no holdout.
JohnsonThe club said Bengals orthopedic surgeon Angelo Colosimo did the deed in Cincinnati without complication. If form holds true, Johnson would be able to participate with Palmer in a passing camp in Los Angeles that starts the second week of July. When Johnson had a similar procedure a few years ago in the offseason on his left ankle, he returned to practice in two weeks.
Although the Bengals recommended Johnson get surgery after the season, he didn't during a stretch he publicly berated the club and demanded a trade. When he showed up for last weekend's mandatory minicamp, agent Drew Rosenhaus said he didn't work the first day because of the ankle.
After some limited work on the second day, he gingerly went full go in the last practice on what looked to be a bothersome ankle.