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Jets release RB Joe McKnight

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Joe McKnight is without a job. (USATSI)
Joe McKnight is without a job. (USATSI)

Jets running back Joe McKnight has been a disappointment since he arrived in New York as a fourth-round pick in 2010. He's been injured for part of his career, and he was arrested this month for outstanding traffic violations.

Then, he said he suffered a concussion in camp (the Jets said he didn't), and he missed multiple practices while dealing with his head injury -- he also clashed with reporters and failed his conditioning test.

Now, he needs to find a new job, because the Jets announced early Monday morning that he has been released. The team cut 14 players overall, including potential starting guard Stephen Peterman, in order to get down to the 75-man limit that's due by Tuesday afternoon.

McKnight's release, though, is a bit surprising.

He appeared to be third on the depth chart at running back behind Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory, but he also was in line to win the kick returner job. In 2011, he finished second in the league with a kickoff return average of 31.6 yards per attempt.

But obviously it wasn't enough to make the Jets keep him until the final cuts.

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