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Bengals release Tank Johnson

The Cincinnati Bengals released veteran defensive tackle Tank Johnson on Tuesday.

A former second-round choice of the Chicago Bears in 2004, Johnson played three seasons in Chicago and two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys before playing with the Bengals for the past two seasons.

He started 13 games for the Bengals in 2009 and had 29 tackles and two sacks. However, he injured his knee against the Miami Dolphins last Oct. 31 and was placed on injured reserve after starting the first seven games of 2010 season.

Johnson thanked his Bengals teammates and the team's fans for their support in a post to Twitter on Tuesday.

"All my who dey nation! Thanks! Y'all are some stand up people! Great folks here and great teammates! My next project will be even better!" he wrote.

The team also announced Tuesday that it had waived tight end Garrett Mills.

Information from ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton was used in this report.