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Larry Johnson gets the boot in Washington

Ultimately, it was Larry Johnson’s lack of special teams skills that got him released by the Redskins on Tuesday. Although Johnson’s lack of burst or special running skills didn’t help.

Johnson’s release was first reported by Howard Balzer of the Sports XChange and later confirmed by the team. The move makes Keiland Williams the team’s No. 2 running back.

PFT’s Mike Florio first reported that the Redskins have signed Chad Simpson, mostly for his special teams ability. Johnson had two yards on five carries this year.

We’re not sure that this will solve Washington’s running game problems, but it’s a start. The release could also mark the end of Johnson’s star-crossed career.