It just keeps getting worse for Ochocinco

Chad Johnson was cut by the Miami Dolphins earlier this week. (AFP)

Chad Johnson was cut by the Miami Dolphins earlier this week. (AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

Chad Johnson’s bad week continued on Tuesday when new wife Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce.

Thus ended a 41-day marriage.

Johnson was charged for allegedly head-butting Lozada on Saturday, was released by the Miami Dolphins and also lost his VH1 reality show.

“I am going to let the legal process run its course. I wish Evelyn nothing but the best, I have no negative words to say about her, the only thing I can say is I love her very much,” Johnson said in a release on his website.

“I will continue to be positive and stay training hard for another opportunity in the NFL. I appreciate all my fans and supporters and if I have disappointed you in any way, you have my sincerest apologies. Once again I will continue to stay positive and appreciate all the support during this tough period in my life.”

Lozada’s lawyer confirmed the divorce in a statement:

“Given the recent events that have taken place, Evelyn has decided to file for divorce and move on with her life,” read the statement.

Lozada was treated in hospital for lacerations after the pair argued about condom receipts. Johnson told police Lozada head-butted him, prompting the Basketball Wives star to issue a statement saying: “I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me, it is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles. Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well.”

Johnson was previously convicted of domestic battery back in 2000 for hitting his then-girlfriend.

KOLB TO BE BACKUP?

Kevin Kolb was expected to return the Arizona Cardinals to glory (or at least the playoffs), but is he about to lose his job?

ESPN reported Tuesday that John Skelton — who hasn’t been overly impressive yet — was the favourite to emerge as Arizona’s starter.

Kolb has completed just 2-of-9 passes so far, for just 25 yards.

But head coach Ken Whisenhunt said later in the day that anonymous reports don’t mean much and “I haven’t gotten into thinking about favourites and longshots.”

That’s not a huge surprise, considering Arizona gave up a lot to get Kolb and then signed him to a lucrative contract.

Kolb will get a few more chances to prove he’s worthy of the starting position.

NO FIDDLE-FARTING AROUND

Line of the week candidate belongs to Indy offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who colourfully explained on Tuesday that some of his players got a little too carried away by a recent 38-3 win over St. Louis.

“I thought we were very lackluster in practice today, especially the rookies,” Arians said in a team release.

“I think they read the paper, fiddled-farted around out here, had a really poor practice.”

Nevertheless, Arians praised rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.

QUICK HITS

According to ESPN, Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace will report to camp before the regular season begins, even though he wants a new contract. The Steelers say they won’t negotiate with the all-pro until he signs his one-year, $2.7-million US tender ... Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher underwent knee surgery on Tuesday, but expects to be ready to play by the season opener ... The Jets will be without top receiver Santonio Holmes for the second game in a row against the Giants on Saturday. He has a rib injury ... Former CFL star Cameron Wake of the Dolphins did not practice on Tuesday, a day after he totaled his car in an accident. Wake showed no visible injuries ... New Green Bay running back Cedric Benson told Foxsportswisconsin.com that he signed with the Packers and turned down Oakland and Detroit because he was looking for a better chance to win the Super Bowl ... Packers guard T.J. Lang has signed a four-year extension with the club ... Washington defensive tackle Chris Neild will miss the entire season due to a torn ACL ... Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was bloodied in a collision with Nate Allen on Monday, but the team says he does not have a concussion … Pittsburgh has activated tackle Max Starks from the physically unable to perform list. Starks has not played in seven months ... According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, 1,300 tickets still remain for the Colts’ home opener, even though it is the regular-season debut of Luck … Broncos right guard Chris Kuper is out six weeks after breaking his forearm … New York Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers will miss the year due to a blood clot in his leg.

ELI STILL LOOKING UP TO PEYTON

Now that Eli Manning (left) has won more Super Bowls than his brother Peyton, some people believe he is the better Manning.

Eli isn’t one of those people.

“I correct them very quickly,” Eli told Yahoo Sports about what he says when people say he’s now the

top dog.

Peyton Manning (right) is the NFL’s only four-time MVP and led Indianapolis to one Super Bowl before signing with Denver this off-season, where he will start anew this season.

“I admire Peyton and watching him on film and the throws he makes and the mechanics, I still watch in awe. He’s still at that top level as far as what he has done with the football,” Eli said.

Still, Yahoo surveyed seven NFL personnel executives and while they all picked Peyton, they admitted the gap has closed significantly.

“Now, it’s a discussion worth having. When you line up all the numbers, Peyton still looks a lot better. But we’d all take two Super Bowls in five years over all the numbers in the world,” one said.

“The pressure has been on this kid for a long time and he’s never flinched,” added another of Eli’s playing in the harsh glare of New York.

RICE SAYS PETERSON IS RUSHING BACK

Jerry Rice warned him not to rush, but star running back Adrian Peterson returned to the Vikings on Tuesday nonetheless.

Peterson hurt his knee back on Dec. 24, but was cleared to return to practice and did so in full pads.

Peterson did a few drills, but was not subjected to contact. He said he welcomed contact, but the coaching staff was having none of it.

Rice, the Hall of Fame wide receiver said on ESPN Live on Monday that Peterson was making a mistake, repeating one Rice had made back in 1997.

Rice tore his ACL in Week 1 that season, but was back for Week 16, where he cracked his kneecap. Rice said the subsequent injury was connected to his quick return.

“I feel that I rushed myself back to the football field. And I think that with Adrian Peterson, he’s doing the same thing. Because we are accustomed to being out there with the guys, sweating with the guys, fighting on the football field. And if you’re not able to do that, you just don’t feel connected,” Rice said.

“I felt I did all the work, and it was time for me to get back on that football field. But if I had to do it all over again, I would take more time to heal up, then come back.”

Peterson didn’t listen, but, to be fair, he has been off for seven months, while Rice returned in just

four.

BRADY OK WITH REPLACEMENT REFS

Everyone seems to be piling on replacement officials, but Tom Brady doesn’t seem too concerned.

The NFL and its referees currently are in a stalemate about a new contract.

Head NFL linesman Mark Baltz told the Indianapolis Star he saw many mistakes by the replacements during Sunday’s pre-season game between St. Louis and Indianapolis.

“You can see they’re uneasy, late to react. The head linesman is supposed to flow on pass plays when the quarterback drops back. The head linesman just stood there like a statue and never moved,” Baltz said.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Oakland defensive end Richard Seymour also have loudly criticized the replacements.

“I don’t see that the players and owners will put up with this much longer,” Baltz said. “The integrity of the league, I think, is at stake.

But Brady, the former league MVP, said he is not paying attention to who is enforcing the rules only on his own concerns.

“Whoever’s out there is out there. I really couldn’t care less who’s calling the game. I gotta go out there and do my job as best I can,” Brady told radio station WEEI.

Still, Brady’s opinion is in the minority at this point and it is time the league takes care of this nonsense.

OLYMPIC SPRINTER EYES NFL

After running against the likes of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, former Florida running back Jeff Demps next challenge will be the NFL.

Demps won a silver medal as a member of the American 4X100 metre relay team in London this month and should soon be signed by an NFL club.

According to the NFL Network, Demps has put the Olympics behind him and is ready to sign with a squad to play this year.

Demps averaged 7.8 yards per carry in helping to lead Florida to a national title as a freshman and averaged 5.8 yards this past season, his fourth with the school and became the first Florida player to win national championships in two sports.

Given his lack of size (5-foot-7, 175 pounds) NFL teams probably will be more interested in his kickoff return prowess, he averaged 28.8 yards per return for the squad and his blazing speed will be a problem for opponents if he finds a seam.

Demps has ran the 100 metres in 10.01 seconds.

He went undrafted after telling teams he would be pursuing a track career full-time.

Pewterreport.com reported Tuesday that Tampa Bay was “seriously interested” in signing Demps and could use him as a slot receiver, as well as on kickoffs.

PRYOR MAD AT HIMSELF

Terrelle Pryor finally got back on the field on Monday night, but he was not pleased with the results.

“I’m angry at myself,” Pryor told reporters after Oakland’s dull 3-0 loss to Dallas.

“I don’t think I played well. I thought Matt (Leinart) played great. I thought Carson (Palmer) played great. I thought everyone else on the team played great. I just think I played like dog crap.”

A blunt assessment, but in Pryor’s defence, other than one play last season, he had not competed in a game since Jan. 4, 2011, at the Sugar Bowl.

Since then, Pryor has been involved in the Ohio State scandal and fought to be included in the supplemental draft.

Pryor played the second half, completing 8 of 15 passes for 50 yards. He was sacked twice and picked off once, but did show that he can still take off with the ball, rushing for 21 yards on six carries.

Pryor’s future likely will be at a different position, but the Raiders will give him some more time at quarterback and are preaching patience.

“He’s a work in progress and just like I’ve always talked about, I want to see him get a little better every day,” said head coach Dennis Allen.

 


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