Johnson welcomes heavy workload

The Bengals' failure to find a No. 2 running back has placed a heavy burden on Rudi Johnson. But you won't hear him complain, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: August 14, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- The ritual began rather innocuously in an Oct. 26, 2003 game against the Seattle Seahawks. In only the second start of his career, Rudi Johnson began pedaling a stationary bike on the sidelines to keep his legs loose in the fourth quarter.

Subbing for injured starter Corey Dillon that day, Johnson ran for 101 yards on 25 carries, the first century-mark performance of his NFL career.

Four years later, with three straight seasons of 1,300 or more rushing yards ...

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