The Buffalo Bills released running back Duke Johnson on Tuesday morning, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Johnson was signed by the Bills to a one-year deal back in May.

Rapoport suggested that Johnson could end up on Buffalo’s practice squad if he isn’t signed to another team’s active roster.

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Aug 20, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Duke Johnson (22) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The former Miami standout spent four seasons with the Browns before landing with the Houston Texans. After two seasons in Houston, Johnson spent the 2021 season splitting time between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans (he’s clearly an AFC guy).

Johnson’s best season came in 2017 with the Browns when he finished with 1,041 total yards (348 rushing yards and 693 receiving yards) and seven touchdowns.

The decision to release Johnson certainly isn’t a shocker. Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, and James Cook are locked into the Bills’ top three running back spots on the depth chart. Buffalo could also keep fullback Reggie Gilliam or veteran Taiwan Jones, a player with plenty of special teams value.

Johnson should get a chance to land elsewhere. But if not, it sounds like he’ll have a home on the Bills’ practice squad this season. He could prove to be a valuable in-season addition to Buffalo’s roster if the Bills suffer any injuries to their running back room.

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