ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Former NFL MVP Shaun Alexander was released by the Washington Redskins on Tuesday after getting only 11 carries in five games.
Alexander was signed Oct. 14 after backup Ladell Betts sprained
his knee in a loss to the St. Louis Rams. Betts has since returned
and resumed the No. 2 role behind NFL leading rusher Clinton
Alexander was looking to make a comeback after foot and wrist
injuries ruined his last two seasons and prompted the Seattle
Seahawks to cut him in April. However, in his limited carries with
the Redskins, the 31-year-old back never showed anything close to
the form that helped him rush for 1,880 yards in his 2005 MVP
Alexander ran for only 24 yards in 11 carries, a 2.2-yard
average. He didn't play at all in Sunday's 20-17 win over the
Seahawks, even though he was returning to the stadium where he
earned his fame as well as his fortune - in the form of an
eight-year, $62 million contract signed after his MVP year.
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