The career path of former Nittany Lion pain in the ass Larry Johnson hit one more pothole on Tuesday, as he was released by the Washington Redskins. This leaves Clinton Portis as the Redskins’ only remaining pain in the ass running back.
Previously cast into the Shanahan rubbish pile was former Steelers feature back Willie Parker. One had to wonder what the Redskins’ front office was thinking when they picked up two runners in the twilight of their careers.
Johnson had just five carries in two games this season.
“We were caught completely off guard by it,” said Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer. “It was not something that we were expecting. I was told by the Redskins that this was a short-term situation brought on by the need to have a special-teams running back, that they cannot afford the luxury of two starting running backs for this week.”
The Redskins can bring Larry back if no other team claims him. My bet is that no one will, including the Redskins.