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That didn't take long.

Running back Gary Russell, the man who went down in history for scoring the first touchdown in Super Bowl 43 before being unceremoniously dumped by the Steelers on Thursday, was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend.

It looks as if Russell will inherit kick return duties as well as the primary backup role to incumbent Cedric Benson, putting Chris Perry, Kenny Watson, and James Johnson in a three-way battle for the third running back spot. That's certainly more of a role than he expected to have this year in Pittsburgh, where he looked to be no more than a fourth option behind Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall, and Mewelde Moore.

I still haven't heard a definitive answer as to why the Steelers would let him go in April, as it certainly wasn't for roster or financial reasons. But whatever that reason may be was apparently not enough to keep him out of the hands of the Bengals.

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