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Munchak: Johnson remains Titans' starter at RB

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Mike Munchak is doing his best to defuse a potential running back controversy.

Munchak made it clear Monday that Chris Johnson remains the Titans' starter, and he said he sees the running back working harder than ever in a situation where his contract extension created high expectations.

Backup Javon Ringer will continue to play with the number of carries decided during each game.

Either way, the Titans still must fix the NFL's worst running game.

The challenge is the offense looks better with Ringer, who looks stronger and faster than the man who had led the NFL in yards rushing between 2008 and 2010.

The pressure to get CJ running only increases each week, and the Titans (4-3) host Cincinnati (5-2) on Sunday.

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