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Source: Redskins cut Willie Parker

Running back Willie Parker was among the Redskins' cuts on Saturday, according to a league source.

This offseason it was clear that the Redskins were intent on upgrading the running back position when they signed proven veterans Larry Johnson and Willie Parker to compete with incumbent Clinton Portis.

It was clear, however, that there might not be enough carries to keep all three running backs happy -- something Parker affirmed during camp.

"It's only one ball," Parker said. "So therefore, you know [there] probably cant be enough room for all of us. That's the game. That's the way it is. Therefore, you got to go out and compete. ... There ain't even enough balls in practice."

On Saturday, it was Parker who lost out in the competition among the three backs. A league source confirmed that the former Pittsburgh Steelers star was among the 22 players released by the Redskins to get down to the league-mandated 53-man roster.

During the preseason, Portis and Johnson seemed to separate themselves in the competition and were entrenched as the top two backs on the depth chart. Parker, meanwhile, appeared to be fighting for a spot on the roster with Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams.

In addition to news that Parker was released, 106.7 The Fan reported Saturday that Torain was also released and will be added to the practice squad should he clear waivers.

That could mean the Redskins are keeping more players at another position or that rookie Keiland Wiliams was the winner of the competition to be the Redskins third-down back.

By Jason Reid and Paul Tenorio  |  September 4, 2010; 12:27 PM ET
Categories:  Running backs , Willie Parker  
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Comments

Surprised about Austin. He's shown polish at WR and has been solid at KR/PR. I don't think he'll clear waivers.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 4, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

damn, i like Torain... but I also like Keiland Williams.

Still not that excited about LJ. He looked better in the Jets game but still not sold. Like many people have said, LJ is like an older, slower version of CP.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 4, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Michael Clayton released. There's a WR pickup...although admittedly not a great one.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 4, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Surprised about Austin. He's shown polish at WR and has been solid at KR/PR. I don't think he'll clear waivers.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 4, 2010 12:36 PM

He'll clear...and screw you for damning my Wreck. Rant over.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 4, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Michael Clayton released. There's a WR pickup...although admittedly not a great one.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 4, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm cool with picking him up

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 4, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

kaas.....

The point of my argument isn't the results that hayney helped with its the fact that good players make other players better.....

For example...

If he had jackson wide that means defenses are gonna bracket him, aka double coverage.

With a db n safety focusing on jackson its gonna open under neath routs n running lanes

I see nobody looked to see our WR td totals from last yr....

Gimme some time n ill find out

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | September 4, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Tryon cut. Pat White released from Dolphins.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 4, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Really? You don't think Austin willclesr waivers? Pulheeze..of course he will.

Also reading via the twitter that Tyron, vickers released as well

Posted by: chrislarry | September 4, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Justin Tryon, thanks for the memories...... bye now.

Posted by: will_ga | September 4, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

scamp- just F'ing w/ you and beeps.

GT is playing South Carolina State's Sisters of the Poor. No amount of mojo is gonna make a difference.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 4, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Really? You don't think Austin willclesr waivers? Pulheeze..of course he will.

Also reading via the twitter that Tyron, vickers released as well

Posted by: chrislarry | September 4, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow, on it WaPo beep...beep...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 4, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

So Austin on the practice squad is a little of surprise. Not sure it means Banks makes the team. I think the team will look for a taller/bigger WR and most likely a 3rd RB specialist. Like the fact that Torain is a practice squad candidate. I think he has talent but preferred Williams because Torain didn't hit the holes with enough power.

Posted by: TWISI | September 4, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

cl- you could say it 3x and I still think he won't clear waivers. I thought he showed enough to make the 53.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 4, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The local beat reporters have their work cut out for them today. The Redskins aren't allowing them at Redskins Park

Posted by: TWISI | September 4, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

its the fact that good players make other players better.....

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | September 4, 2010 12:40 PM

I agree with this statement, but if you are going to use an example, use one that actually supports your statement.

The idea of having another top notch WR is nice, but I think the cost for V. Jackson is too high. Both in his salary demands, and the Chargers' trade demands. I think we should look elsewhere or stick with what we've got.

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 4, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

anybody know if Houshamacallit's been picked up by another team yet? I'd take him over Galloway

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 4, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

they should have cut 74, kept the punter, and started over like a expansion team. Armstrong does not start for Alcorn State and Portis can't break 5.0 in the 40. We are headed for trouble with McChicken. Hope the animals at KFC stadium have thick skin.

Posted by: doyouktt | September 4, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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