Breaking News: Larry Johnson Released; Vick to Start For Eagles

The NFL Network reported this evening that the Washington Redskins released Larry Johnson.  Apparently, Johnson didn’t fit the Redskins’ need for a multi-purpose back who can block, run, and catch passes out of the backfield equally well.  There is speculation that the Redskins will sign a Free Agent Back rather than promote Ryan Torrain from their practice squad.  Don’t be surprised if Keiland Williams, the Rookie Free Agent out of LSU who beat out Torrain for a place on the active roster, gets more carries even if another Back is signed.

In Philadelphia, Andy Reid has reversed himself and is now going to start Michael Vick over Kevin Kolb this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  If Vick plays well, I wouldn’t expect Reid to have Kolb start against the Redskins in week 4.  After all, if Kolb wasn’t able to work out today without feeling the effects of his concussion, which is likely to be the case, he won’t be as prepared as he needs to be to face the Redskins’ defense.  Of course, stranger things have happened.  No matter what, Andy Reid will not allow a quarterback controversy to develop if he can prevent it.  Expect Kolb to return to his starting role in week 5, unless Reid rolls the dice and has him start against the ‘Skins.

In other news …

The Cowboys’ chances of beating the Houston Texans just improved as Duane Brown, the Texans’ starting Left Tackle, was suspended by the NFL for four games for reportedly using a performance enhancing drug (PED). 

Jets’ receiver Braylon Edwards was cited for DUI, having reportedly registered a blood-alcohol level of 1.6, nearly twice the New York State legal limit.  With Santonio Holmes nearing completion of his four game suspension, expect Edwards to be released as soon as the NFL announces Edwards’ fate.

Kenny McKinley, Denver’s rookie wide receiver out of the University of South Carolina, is reported to have killed himself via gun shot in his home.  This horrific tragedy belies the fact McKinley was known among his teammates to be upbeat and fun to be around.  May he rest in peace.

In his Inside The NFL feature on SI.com, Jerome Bettis speculated that Fast Willie Parker may be in line to replace Brandon Jacobs, if the Giants decide to cut him after his helmet-throwing incident.   That little episode may be the icing on the cake, given the combination of his fading performance on the field and large contract.

That’s the latest off the wire for now.  Check back nightly for breaking news, or subscribe to RiggosRag text alerts to stay abreast of updates.

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