The Redskins cut backup cornerback D.J. Johnson (30), who appeared in seven games this season. (Michael Perez/Associated Press)


The Redskins have cut backup cornerback D.J. Johnson, ending his second brief stint with the team in the last two seasons.

Signed to Washington’s practice squad in Week 8 of the 2012 season and promoted to the 53-man roster two weeks later, Johnson appeared in seven games, recording eight tackles.

The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Johnson saw some time in three-corner sets after Cedric Griffin was suspended in Week 14 for performance enhancing drugs. But Johnson struggled and wound up getting replaced as the main nickel corner by rookie Richard Crawford.

Johnson ended the year on injured reserve with a knee injury.

A three-year veteran, Johnson since 2009 has had brief runs with the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Redskins both in 2011 and 2012.