According to ESPN.com, the Cincinnati Bengals released running back Rudi Johnson before the roster deadline. This is indeed unfortunate for Johnson, who reportedly came into camp in great shape but had trouble with injuries, but it is very good news for former Michigan standout and Heisman Trophy finalist Chris Perry, who now moves into the starting role.
Perry, who graduated in 2003, was a Lloyd Carr dream back, someone who could carry the ball 40 times in a game and who was talented enough to be able to break at least a few of those carries into a home run play. He was a workhorse, especially his senior year, when he rushed for 1,674 yards and was the Big Ten MVP. Perry is 3rd all-time at Michigan in career rushing attempts, 6th in yards, and 4th in touchdowns.
The Bengals obviously have some faith in him, and it's about time he got a legitimate shot at being a pro starter. Good for him, and hopefully he takes advantage.