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The Texans released RB Duke Johnson, saving about $5 million against the 2021 salary cap. Johnson sputtered to career-low 3.1 yards per carry this past season, although he still averaged a strong 8.9 yards on 28 grabs. He was never more than a role player for the Texans, though, reaching 15 touches in a game just once. Johnson has now played for multiple NFL coaching staffs, and none have deemed him more than a change-of-pace back. We'll see where he lands, but it'd be unwise to expect his role to change much on his new team.

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Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) is inactive for today’s game against the Titans. David Johnson should continue to dominate backfield touches.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans. His return would siphon a few touches from RB David Johnson. We’ll get Duke’s status around 3 pm ET on Sunday.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. If he's able to return for Sunday's finale vs. the Titans, he'd figure to steal a handful of touches from RB David Johnson.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Houston will get RB C.J. Prosise back for this one, but RB David Johnson handle the vast majority of the backfield work.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) remained sidelined on Wednesday. With Duke out last week, RB David Johnson played 80% of Houston's offensive snaps and racked up 8 carries and 11 targets. He gets a big boost with Duke misses Sunday's game against the Bengals.

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