I'm going to try to keep Chad Johnson updates to a minimum (LOL... yea, right!). I wanted to quickly examine a few things that are coming out. First, running backs. Kenny Irons, right now, is in camp, but mainly just stretched with the team. Hobson says that Irons didn't take part in drills.
While no other source is confirming it, Bengals running back DeDe Dorsey was carted off the field this morning. Obviously whatever injury this is, it has to be somewhat concerning if a cart is needed. Before the season finale against Miami, the Bengals put Dorsey on the Injured Reserve list after suffering a high ankle sprain against Cleveland. Depending on this latest, one has to wonder if Dorsey is injury prone.
Chick Ludwig wrote that he believes that Perry is only 80% healthy.
That leaves the Bengals with Rudi Johnson and Kenny Watson, at this moment, as their only healthy backs. Let me be real clear, we don't know yet the extent of Dorsey's injury either. Rookies James Johnson and Bradley Glatthaar round out the team's roster.
Glatthaar's best season came in 2005 with the Cincinnati Bearcats rushing for 620 yards on 139 carries (4.5 y/c) and seven touchdowns. His best 40-time through all workouts was a slow 4.64 -- ran a 4.74 during Pro Day. His best game came against Connecticut with a career-high 123 yard, two touchdowns and a career-long 72-yard attempt.
James Johnson, Kansas State, finished 2007 with 1,106 yards rushing on 174 attempts (6.4) and 12 touchdowns. Johnson earned second-team All-Big 12 honors last season.
If I were a betting man, I'd believe that the Bengals will see if what they have on roster works for them before going out and looking for an available free agent running back.