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Redskins Release Johnson

The Redskins have released running back Larry Johnson, the team announced on Tuesday.

Johnson played in two games for the Redskins this season, serving in a reserve role and recording five carries for just two yards.

His last carry was a 10-yard loss in the fourth quarter of the Redskins' 30-27 loss to the Houston Texans last Sunday.

In a statement, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said: "We appreciate Larry's attitude and contributions to the Redskins. However, we needed to make a roster move in preparation for this week's game against the Rams."

Allen's statement suggests that an additional roster move is going to be announced on Wednesday.

Johnson's departure leaves the Redskins with two running backs on the roster: starter Clinton Portis and rookie Keiland Williams. First-year running back Ryan Torain is on the practice squad.

Johnson, 6-1 and 230 pounds, entered the 2010 season with 6,219 career rushing yards and 55 touchdowns in eight seasons spent mostly with the Kansas City Chiefs. He earned two Pro Bowl berths along the way.

In Washington, Johnson, who grew up in nearby Promfret, Md., has been unable to carve a niche for himself in the Redskins' offense.

Even in preseason, Johnson struggled running the ball. He logged 17 carries for 46 yards, a 2.6 yards-per-carry average. He did score on a 15-yard touchdown pass for the game-winning points in a preseason win over the New York Jets.

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