The Detroit Lions came to terms with discarded running back Rudi Johnson Monday. And what better way to start your time in the Motor City than to have your shit stolen?
While Johnson was meeting with Matt Millen, working out the deal, he left his bags out in the hallway. When Millen and Johnson walked out of the office, the bags were gone. So what happened? There are plenty of plausible scenarios: extremely efficient hazing by teammates, a couple of equipment managers on top of their games took them to the locker room already, just to name a couple. In reality, it was more of a third grade stunt. Tatum Bell, the Lions former second string running back, stole them.
Of course he did. Bell claimed he thought the bags were someone else's, then threw a fit kicking his feet on the floor and went home. I know there was a story a couple years ago about a third string punter stabbing the backup in the leg, but this is the NFL folks. This could only happen in Detroit. When Rudi was asked about the incident he said, "hey, at least I didn't get shot." He didn't really say that, but you know he was thinking it. Also thinking, "even Chris Henry wouldn't pull this shit."
Tatum Bell was released and Rudi should see time in the Lions backfield this season.