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Redskins Waive D.J. Johnson

The cornerback fell out of favor with the Redskins after struggling Dec. 23 against Philadelphia and finished the season on injured reserve with a sprained ligament in his left knee.


The Washington Redskins have released cornerback D.J. Johnson, who was subsequently signed by Detroit, the NFL announced.

Johnson, who finished the season on injured reserve after spraining a ligament in his left knee against Dallas on Dec. 30, had eight tackles in seven games with the Redskins.

He took over as the team’s nickelback when Cedric Griffin was suspended for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances on Dec. 4, but struggled against Philadelphia on Dec. 23 and was replaced in that role by rookie Richard Crawford.

Johnson was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 23 and then promoted to the 53-man roster on Nov. 6 when David Jones was waived. The stint was his second with the Redskins after spending much of November 2011 with the team.

This report was originally posted on 2/6/13 at 2:07 p.m. and updated on 2/06/13 at 11:15 p.m.