Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Johnson expects Bengals to follow through with trade
ESPN.com news services
Rudi Johnson has heard his name come up in trade rumors before, but this time he's ready to move on.
According to multiple media reports, the Cincinnati Bengals have been shopping the running back after Chad Johnson's injury left the receiving corps depleted.
"It doesn't bother me one way or the other," Johnson said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I'm still going to do the same thing. It's part of the business."
ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is frustrated with the hamstring injury that has kept Johnson out of all three preseason games. He missed five games with a hamstring injury last season.
But the Bengals third-leading rusher all-time told ESPN that he is healthy and has added 15 pounds of muscle. Johnson is now prepared to move on.
"It's always something every year," he said, according to the newspaper. "They've been trying to get me out of here for a long time now."
Oft-injured running back Chris Perry is finally healthy this preseason, giving the Bengals another option in the backfield. Kenny Watson and DeDe Dorsey add to the depth at the position.
Johnson rushed for 1,454 yards in 2004, 1,458 in '05 and 1,309 in '06 and scored 12 rushing touchdowns in each season. Injuries limited him to 497 yards and only three rushing TDs last season.
Johnson plans to play in Thursday's preseason finale at Indianapolis, but he doesn't feel like he's competing for a roster spot.
"It's already been decided; the game is irrelevant," Johnson said, according to the Enquirer. "The situation has already been presented. The game doesn't really matter."