Simon, Johnson Released

The Redskins released seventh-round draft choice, Kevin Simon, and oft-injured tight end Robert Johnson among their 12 cuts today. And they released punter David Lonie, handing the job to Derrick Frost -- for now.

Simon has been hurt most of training camp. Johnson has a sprained ankle and a history of injuries. Though big and apparently talented, he struggled with blocking because of poor leverage.

They also released offensive lineman Jon Alston, quarterback Casey Bramlet, defensive back Antuan Edwards, offensive lineman Jim Jones, kicker Tyler Jones, defensive lineman Chris Mineo, tight end Calen Powell, defensive end Karon Riley and defensive back Aric Williams.

The Redskins now have 76 players on their roster, with an exemption for Philippe Gardent, who will stay on the practice squad all season on an exchange with NFL Europe.

The final round of cuts will be made Saturday.

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