Sports Illustrated gave us a list this week of the top 10 most dissapointing running backs in the NFL so far this season and topping things off at #1 is our very own Rudi Johnson. Too bad for Rudi, who seemed to be the model of consistency over the past few years as the feature back in Cincinnati. Injuries have been a major cause of the dissapointment, but even when Rudi has been seemingly healthy, things have not gone his way.
In both 2005 and 2006 Johnson topped 1300 yards rushing had 12 touchdowns each season. This year, in limited work, Rudi has only 242 yards, a embarrassing 2.4 yards a carry average and has yet to reach the endzone on a run. If Rudi is not healthy, the dude needs to say something. There is nothing worse than watching a guy try to “gut it out” when he is hurt. If he is healthy, then it is pretty obvious that he has lost a step and the Bengals needs to start thinking about who fills that role going forward.