Christine Michael released by Dallas Cowboys

The Christine Michael "era" is over in Dallas.

Once a much-heralded answer to the Cowboys' running back woes, Michael was released by the team on Tuesday for playing and locker room reasons, the team announced. Michael officially became a free agent Wednesday after clearing waivers.

After trading the Seahawks an undisclosed 2016 draft pick for Michael a week before the season, the Cowboys couldn't get the former second-round pick on the field. Battling illness and injury, Michael played in five games and carried the ball just 15 times for 51 yards. His best game came against his former team in Week 8 and he still only ran for 20 yards.

The 24-year-old made scouts drool his last two years in Seattle, but he was never able to put it together with the Seahawks and impress as a backup to Marshawn Lynch. The same rang true in Big D. It was expected that Michael would pick up the slack behind Darren McFadden after Joseph Randle was suspended and subsequently released by the team two weeks ago, but the carries never came.

With Tony Romo and Dez Bryant back from injury and McFadden finally taking the reins at tailback, the Cowboys are trying to find an identity, one that doesn't involve an ineffective Michael.

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