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Washington releases WR Cody Latimer

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Cody Latimer's tenure with the Washington Football Team has ended before it really ever began.

Washington has released the wide receiver, the team announced in a statement on Sunday.

Latimer signed a one-year deal with Washington this offseason and was expected to provide a veteran presence to a position group that is full of rookies and second-year pros. The 2014 second-rounder had his best season of his career a year ago, hauling in 24 receptions for 300 yards and two touchdowns as a member of the Giants.

However, the 27-year-old was arrested in Colorado in May on multiple charges, including assault, illegal discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment. On July 27, Latimer was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List for the incident, which means the wideout is indefinitely suspended until the league's investigation of the incident is completed.

Latimer had yet to practice with the Burgundy and Gold before he was released on Sunday.

The permanent departure of Latimer marks the second pass-catcher that Washington has lost in a matter of weeks. Second-year wideout Kelvin Harmon had surgery on a ruptured ACL this past month.

With Latimer no longer in the picture, wideouts like Cam Sims, Trey Quinn and rookies Antonio Gandy-Golden and Antonio Gibson all have the chance for bigger roles in the offense.

However, don't rule out Washington adding another veteran to the mix now that Latimer is no longer with the team. Last month, head coach Ron Rivera said that adding another veteran wide receiver is "something we’re going to look at." 

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