Dolphins part ways with veteran RB Johnson, CB Allen

Larry Johnson and Will Allen didn't make the final cut in Miami.

Johnson, a Pro Bowl running back in 2005 and 2006, and Allen, once a starting cornerback, were among the 26 players released by the Dolphins on Saturday to reach the NFL's 53-man roster limit.

Allen wrote about the move on Twitter: "Thank you to all the phin fans you've been great!!! It's been a gr8 ride.. Much love!!"

Johnson signed with the Dolphins on Aug. 23 after sitting out most of the 2010 season following his release from the Washington Redskins. The 2003 first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs has 6,221 rushing yards and 55 rushing touchdowns, but he has dealt with off-the-field problems throughout his career.

Johnson saw action in two preseason games with the Dolphins, and he had 39 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries in Thursday night's 17-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Allen, who started 53 games since joining the Dolphins in 2006, missed most of the last two seasons with knee injuries. He returned from a 22-month hiatus to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Dolphins' third preseason game, but according to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins will save $1.5 million by releasing Allen.

The Dolphins also terminated the contract of fullback Lousaka Polite, an eigh-year veteran who started 24 games over the past three seasons.

It's possible one or more of the departing veterans will be re-signed after the first week of the season.

The Dolphins placed backup offensive tackle Lydon Murtha (toe) on season-ending injured reserve and waived two of their four quarterbacks: Pat Devlin and Kevin O'Connell.

All six of this year's draft picks made Miami's 53-man roster, including both seventh-round choices, defensive tackle Frank Kearse and cornerback Jimmy Wilson. Also surviving the latest round of cuts was sixth-round selection Charles Clay, a fullback and tight end who will help fill Polite's role.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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