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Now, Lewis has to figure out how to divvy it up.
Benson expects to regain his role as primary running back. Before he was hurt, Benson led the league in rushing attempts with 205 in nine games. When asked after the Browns game whether he has any idea how the running backs would share the role, Benson said, "I don't know. That's a weird question. I wasn't aware I had to share time."
On Monday, Palmer said the players expect Benson to get most of the carries.
"Cedric's the guy," Palmer said. "That's not going to change, and Larry knew that coming in. Cedric is our running back."
Johnson doesn't have a problem with moving back into a low-profile role.
"I just came here for a second chance," said Johnson, who is under contract through the end of the season. "I'll just take everything in stride and move on. Whatever they want me to do, I just have to do it."
While the running backs and quarterback are fine with the run-first approach, at least one receiver is getting antsy to do something other than block.
"Now next week, we've got the Detroit Lions. Things need to change," Chad Ochocinco said. "Now the roles need to be reversed. I'm speaking on behalf of myself and the receiving corps -- we would like to throw the ball 50 times next week."
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