Running back Johnson agrees to terms with Bengals

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Newly acquired Cincinnati Bengals running back Larry Johnson speaks during a news conference at Paul Brown Stadium, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

CINCINNATI -- Larry Johnson might have his career up-and-running sooner than expected.

The running back who was banished from Kansas City for bad behavior signed on for a backup role with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, giving the AFC North leaders depth for the rest of this season. He might not be watching for long.

A day after coach Marvin Lewis referred to Johnson as an insurance policy in case of injury, he said it's possible the running back could play in some form Sunday in Oakland if starter Cedric Benson is still limited by a strained hip.

"I'm not saying that it can't happen, I'm not saying that it will happen, but stay tuned," Lewis said, with Johnson sitting by his side. "He'd like to play, I know that."

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