Texans release Arian Foster

HOUSTON (AP) — Arian Foster has been released by the Houston Texans.

The four-time Pro Bowler was released on Thursday after a season where he missed 12 games with groin and Achilles tendon injuries.

The 29-year old was an undrafted free agent who spent time on the practice squad before rising to lead the NFL in rushing with 1,616 yards in 2010.

Foster ran for 1,246 yards in 2014 for the fourth 1,000-yard rushing season of his career.

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Panthers release longtime DE Charles Johnson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have released longtime defensive end Charles Johnson, a move that will save the team $11 million under the 2016 NFL salary cap.

Johnson started nine games for Carolina in 2015 but struggled with hamstring injuries and missed seven games while on short-term injured reserve.

He had one sack in the regular season and registered three sacks in three postseason games.

Johnson, who spent all nine seasons with the Panthers, had 63.5 sacks — second-most in franchise history. He recorded at least nine sacks in four consecutive years from 2010-13 and had a career-high 12.5 in 2012.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says Johnson "was an impact player for the Carolina Panthers for a long time, both on and off the field."