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"I don't think it would be productive for our football team," he said. "There's responsibilities to being an NFL player. It's a privilege, it's not a right."
Johnson sprained his left shoulder Sunday night in a 27-10 preseason loss to the Detroit Lions. Pro Bowl receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh has been sidelined with hamstring injuries in recent weeks.
The Bengals drafted three receivers in April as they look toward overhauling their receiving corps. Second-round pick Jerome Simpson had a team-high 114 yards on five catches against the Lions' backups on Sunday, and third-round pick Andre Caldwell had a pair of catches for 11 yards. But the Bengals may not want to rush them in their rookie years.
Frazier said the recent injuries to Johnson and Houshmandzadeh were likely a factor in the renewed interest in Henry.
"I think that's one of the reasons," he said. "But also, the boy can play."
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