While it's still relatively unknown how long Brian Leonard could be out for, the Bengals are generally concerned about their lack of depth at running back. Along with Leonard, Cordera Eason was injured against the Cowboys and Cedric Peerman didn't bother playing due to a hamstring injury. The team's lone healthy running backs are Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott -- yet, we have four preseason games to get them through healthy. Yikes.
According to Ken Paxson of the Dayton Daily News, the Bengals are "expected to sign running back James Johnson" on Tuesday. After being promoted from the team's practice squad, even playing in the final two games with the Bengals in 2008, Johnson spent all of 2009 on the Bengals' practice squad. He signed with the Minnesota Vikings in mid-January before he was waived on June 14. During last year's preseason, he recorded 102 yards rushing on 23 attempts playing in all four games. He's credited with 29 yards rushing on nine carries in his NFL career, including six receptions for 47 yards.
During the Bengals 14-0 win over the Cleveland Browns during week 16 of the 2008 season, Johnson led the team with three receptions and 27 yards receiving during Ryan Fitzpatrick's legendary 55-yard passing performance.