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Johnson lobbied to stay with Dolphins

Chad Johnson briefly lobbied in vain to keep his job when he was cut by Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin.

The six-time Pro Bowl receiver failed to make the case, and after bidding Philbin farewell with a handshake, he walked out of the Dolphins' complex for good.

The scene was captured on the latest episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks," which is chronicling the Dolphins' preseason. They terminated Johnson's contract Sunday night, about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife, Evelyn Lozada.

She subsequently announced plans to file for divorce, ending their marriage after barely a month. Johnson then lost his endorsement deal with Zico Coconut Water on Wednesday.

Johnson met with Philbin in the coach's office, and their conversation was brief. Johnson noted that he had been scolded earlier by the coach for a profanity-laced session with reporters, and had not done an interview since.

"Coach, I've never been in trouble before. Ever," said Johnson, who signed with the Dolphins in June. "And I buy into your program, most definitely. Because after that talk we had, I was hushed from that point on. And I was going stay that way the entire year."

Regarding his arrest, Johnson said: "I let you down a little bit. A lot. I apologize for embarrassing you, and our organization, my teammates."

Witten out with spleen injury

Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten has a spleen injury and will likely miss the rest of the preseason.

It is unclear if Witten will be ready for the Dallas Cowboys' regular season opener in three weeks, Sept. 5 at the New York Giants.

Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that Witten sustained a "slightly lacerated" spleen in the preseason opener Monday night. He said Witten has to remain still as much as possible over the next week so he can heal.

Witten apparently got hurt after he caught a pass from a scrambling Tony Romo and was immediately hit from the side by Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain.

In his nine NFL seasons, Witten has missed only one game, with a broken jaw as a rookie.

Harrison undergoes minor knee surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison underwent surgery on his left knee Wednesday and his return is uncertain.

The 34-year-old Harrison has been struggling with lingering pain in the knee for months. Coach Mike Tomlin called it a "minor" procedure but added he's not ready to put a timetable on when Harrison will be cleared to play.

Harrison is currently on the physically unable to perform list. He sat out the preseason opener against Philadelphia last week and it was unlikely he was going to play in Sunday's game with Indianapolis even before the surgery. Tomlin said the team deemed the procedure "necessary" but wouldn't call it a setback.

Jury convicts Williams of ability-impaired driving

Jurors have convicted Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams of driving while ability-impaired.

Jurors also convicted Williams on Wednesday of driving without headlights.

Jurors began deliberating Wednesday in the drunken driving case after a trial that lasted less than a day.

Williams already is facing a six-game suspension for failing an offseason drug test.

Williams was arrested about 3 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2010, after police stopped him for driving without headlights, cited him for DUI and took him to a detox facility.

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