DAVIE, Fla. – As the Miami Dolphins took the field for practice Sunday, Chad Johnson was getting out of jail. Hours later, he was out of work.
The Dolphins terminated the six-time Pro Bowl receivers contract about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife.
Johnson had been released from jail on $2,500 bond earlier Sunday after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home. Johnson was charged with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor.
The confrontation came barely a month after Johnson married Evelyn Lozada. Johnson, 34, had been battling for a spot on the team after a disappointing season with the New England Patriots in 2011.
Johnsons defense attorney, Adam Swickle, said an order has been issued that prevents Johnson from contacting Lozada. Swickle declined to comment further.
Urlacher plans to play in opener
Chicago middle linebacker Brian Urlacher expects to be ready for the regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
Urlacher has left knee pain and has not practiced since July 31. He sprained his medial collateral ligament and partially sprained the posterior cruciate ligament in the Bears regular-season finale against Minnesota. There was no need for surgery.
Around the league
Minnesota activated running back Adrian Peterson from the physically unable to perform list. Peterson had knee surgery on Dec. 31. Cleveland receivers Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion) and Travis Benjamin, linebacker Scott Fujita, cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle), tight end Jordan Cameron (back) and defensive tackle Scott Paxson (knee) were injured in Fridays win over Detroit. Coach Pat Shurmur would not reveal the injuries that Benjamin and Fujita suffered.
Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne (knee), receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), nose tackle Jay Ratliff (foot), defensive end Jason Hatcher (groin), linebacker Anthony Spencer (hamstring) and center Phil Costa (back) will not play tonight at Oakland. Jets safety Eric Smith is day-to-day with a sprained knee ligament. Green Bay signed running back Cedric Benson. Jacksonville released receiver Lee Evans.