Larry Johnson didn't exactly endear himself well to Redskins fans last week, running backwards for 10 yards on a key run play late in the game against the Texans and admitting that being a backup "is all new to me." It appears Johnson's poor performance was be the last straw for the Redskins.
According to longtime NFL writer Howard Balzer, the Redskins have decided to release Johnson. ESPN's Adam Schefter has confirmed the report, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports the Redskins have signed former Bills running back Chad Simpson to replace Johnson.
The Redskins have confirmed the move in a team press release. General Manager Bruce Allen had this to say:
"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."
Johnson was one of the standouts in mini-camp, but his inability to catch the ball out of the backfield and his struggles getting into a rhythm in a reserve role probably had a lot to do with the team's decision to release him.