Larry Johnson Out In D.C.

Via The Washington Post

The Redskins cut veteran running back Larry Johnson Tuesday, making him the first casualty of a ground game that has been among the NFL’s worst through the first two weeks of the season. Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, and the team confirmed the move.

According to two sources familiar with the situation, the team immediately replaced Johnson with Chad Simpson, a third-year player out of Morgan State who spent two years with Indianapolis and was with Buffalo during the preseason.

Johnson, 30, who played for La Plata High School, was signed as a free agent in the offseason and came to camp to compete with incumbent starter Clinton Portis as well as veteran free agent Willie Parker – who was cut before camp – as well as younger backs Keiland Williams and Ryan Torain. Johnson was largely unproductive in the preseason, but made the team anyway. He contributed little in the Redskins’ first two games.

Johnson ran five times for two yards in the first-week win over Dallas and Sunday’s overtime loss to Houston. That included a 10-yard loss in the fourth quarter of the Texans’ game.

Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, in a news release announcing the move, offered little explanation.

“We appreciate Larry’s attitude and contributions to the Redskins,” Allen said. “However, we needed to make a roster move in preparation for this week’s game against the Rams.”

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