Bengals cut R. Johnson, Anderson

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Jaguars' Taylor arrested

Pats' Faulk suspended 1 game

August 31, 2008|By From Sun News Services

Offensive tackle Willie Anderson and running back Rudi Johnson lost their starting jobs with the Cincinnati Bengals during training camp. Now, they've lost their roster spots, too.

The Bengals released Anderson and Johnson yesterday as part of their moves to get to the 53-man roster limit.

Anderson, 33, was the longest-tenured Bengal, having played 12 seasons in Cincinnati. Injuries limited him to seven games last season, ending his streak of four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances. He became a backup to Stacy Andrews in training camp and declined to take a pay cut to stay with the team.

Johnson, 28, missed most of camp because of a hamstring injury. Chris Perry, a first-round pick in 2004, moves into the starting job.

Johnson ran for a team-record 1,458 yards in 2005. Hamstring problems limited him to nine starts and 2.9 yards per carry last season.

Jaguars:: Running back Fred Taylor was arrested outside a Miami Beach, Fla., nightclub and charged with disorderly conduct. He was released on his own recognizance. He and team officials couldn't be reached for comment. ... Also, former wide receiver Jimmy Smith was arrested late Friday night on a drunken driving charge in Jacksonville.

Suspensions:: Kevin Faulk, a veteran third-down back for the Patriots, was suspended one game as a result of a no-contest plea in July to February drug charges in Lafayette, La. ... Seahawks starting defensive tackle Rocky Bernard and nickel cornerback Jordan Babineaux were suspended one game. Bernard violated the league's personal-conduct policy. He was arrested in April for allegedly hitting his girlfriend at a nightclub. Babineaux violated the league's drug policy. ... Jets running back Jesse Chatman was suspended four games for violating the league's drug policy.

Panthers:: Cornerback Ricardo Colclough was arrested and charged with driving while impaired in Mecklenburg County, N.C. "We're aware of it," team spokesman Charlie Dayton said.

Giants:: New York signed John Carney to handle the kicking job until Lawrence Tynes recovers from a knee injury.

Redskins:: Sixth-round draft pick Durant Brooks claimed the punting job when incumbent Derrick Frost was one of 22 players cut.

Titans:: Wide receiver Roydell Williams, Tennessee's co-leader in catches last season, was waived.

Vikings:: Safety Michael Boulware was put on injured reserve with a wrist injury.

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