Re: Game Thread: Battle of Ohio - Gridiron Style
Rudi doesn't start
9-11-05, 11:30 a.m.
BY GEOFF HOBSON
CLEVELAND - Running back Rudi Johnson won't start the Bengals opener in Cleveland on Sunday because of the violation of an unspecified team rule. Plus, rookie wide receiver Chris Henry is inactive despite a fine preseason with Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis opting to dress wide receivers Kelley Washington and rookie Tab Perry. Perry is earmarked to return kickoffs.
Johnson, who started all 16 games last season and is coming off a Bengals-best rushing year of 1,454 yards, still figures to play heavily. Chris Perry makes his first pro start in Johnson's place. Also inactive are cornerbacks Rashad Bauman and Greg Brooks, defensive linemen Matthias Askew and Jonathan Fanene, linebacker Hannibal Navies, and guard-tackle Scott Kooistra. The Bengals could be expecting a smash-mouth game by dressing just three cornerbacks and eight offensive linemen instead of seven. Safeties Madieu Williams and Kevin Kaesviharn can also play corner.
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