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October 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Forward Eddie Johnson held out of practice Wednesday by coach Sigi Schmid

johnson mug 2013There is a potentially concerning situation developing with the Sounders as coach Sigi Schmid kept Eddie Johnson out of practice Wednesday. The forward has been dealing with a groin injury, but Schmid indicated the absence was not injury related.

For some context, which may or may not be related, Johnson was visibly (and vocally) upset as he left the practice field Tuesday. The past couple days he has had some interesting quotes from others posted on his Instagram page, as well:

“Don’t let your loyalty become slavery. If they don’t appreciate what you bring to the table…let them eat alone.”

“Believe in yourself.” (With an added comment from Johnson: “Because if you don’t who else will!!)

“To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal. You see, I could conceive death, but I could not conceive betrayal.”

Here is a transcript of the portion our Schmid’s interview Wednesday that pertained to Johnson:

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(How’s the health looking?) “Getting better. Oba did the first part of training, was full-on in and it started to hurt a little bit. We pulled him out at that stage. Djimi was able to go through all of training today and Eddie didn’t come out (to practice).”

(Has Eddie regressed health-wise?) “We’ll see. Right now that status is up in the air.”

(We saw Eddie pretty mad leaving the practice field yesterday. Is his absence 100-percent injury related?) “Eddie’s absence today at training was basically my decision.”

(How much do you consider this an issue going forward?) “It’s not an issue at all because we’re focused as a team to do well and to be successful. He’s been a big part of our team, so it’s just some things that we’ll work through.”

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