Texans release RB Duke Johnson: reports

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(SportsRadio 610) -- The Texans are releasing veteran running back Duke Johnson after two seasons with the team, according to multiple media reports.

Johnson was the Texans' backup running back in 2019 and 2020 after the team traded what became third-round pick to the Cleveland Browns in August 2019.

In 2019, Johnson played in all 16 games, mostly as a backup to Carlos Hyde, gaining 820 yards from scrimmage on 127 touches.

In 2020, Johnson played in 11 games but started five for the injured Davide Johnson. His production, however, was down. Duke Johnson gained 484 yards on 105 touches last season.

Releasing the six-year veteran saves the Texans about $5 million in salary cap space.