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Redskins release RB Larry Johnson

The Redskins late this afternoon released veteran running back Larry Johnson.

Johnson, an All-Pro in 2006, carried five times for a total of two yards through the first two games of the season. He was listed on the most recent depth chart as Clinton Portis’ backup, but rookie Keiland Williams got more playing time in Sunday’s 30-27 loss to Houston.

“I’m very upset, didn’t see this coming, but most importantly, this is where I wanted to end my career, a place where I was born and raised most of my life,” Johnson said in an emailed statement. “I understand it’s a business and I have nothing but love for the Redskins. They gave me a home when I didn’t know where I was going to end up, so all my eggs were in this basket, Washington Redskins. I wish them luck because they’re a great team and organization.”

Johnson in April signed an incentive-laden three-year, $3.5 million contract with the Redskins that could have reached a maximum value of $14 million had Johnson won some of the league’s most prestigious postseason awards. It also included so-called “rollover incentives” that would have increased his base salary, according to a source familiar with the contract.

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

The Redskins signed running back/kick returner Chad Simpson after releasing Johnson, according to a source familiar with the situation. The team has not confirmed the signing.

As a member of the Buffalo Bills, Simpson rushed for 67 yards on only seven carries against the Redskins in the preseason opener. He also returned two kickoffs for an average of 29.5 yards.

The Bills released Simpson, 25, at the end of the preseason. He played his first two NFL seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, and he played in last season’s Super Bowl.