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Johnson to become student of Lions' playbook after signing deal

Updated: September 2, 2008, 7:06 PM ET
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Rudi Johnson didn't need long to find a new home.

Johnson, who was waived by the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, officially signed with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. Johnson will join rookie Kevin Smith as the featured backs in Detroit's new run-oriented offense.

"As soon as I finish talking to you guys, I'm going to bury myself in the playbook," Johnson said after meeting with the media Tuesday. "I want to be able to contribute to this team as soon as possible."

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