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Packers cut Joe Johnson

GREEN BAY, Wis., June 9 (UPI) -- The Green Bay Packers cut ties with an expensive mistake Wednesday, releasing injury-plagued defensive end Joe Johnson.

Johnson signed a six-year, $33 million contract with the Packers in March of 2002, but played a total of 11 games in two injury-shortened seasons.

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Last year, he started six games at left end before rupturing his right quadriceps tendon in an Oct. 12 contest at Kansas City. He underwent surgery nine days later.

In 2002, Johnson played in five games before suffering a season-ending torn left triceps injury in Chicago.

The 6-4, 275-pound Johnson spent his first eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 2000. He missed the entire 1999 campaign due to a ruptured patella tendon.

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