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Denver plans to release former Buckeye Clarett

Associated Press

DENVER – Maurice Clarett’s first stab at the NFL will end the same way his last two seasons on the sideline did: no carries, no yards, one big disappointment.

Unable to practice much or play at all during the preseason because of an injured groin, Clarett will be released by the Denver Broncos later this week, his agent said Sunday.

“The kid called me and let me know they’re going to let him go,” Steven Feldman told the AP.

Clarett’s pending release also was reported by ESPN.com on Sunday.

Broncos spokesman Jim Saccomano said the team didn’t plan to release anybody until Tuesday, which is the deadline for NFL teams to cut rosters to 65 players.

The pending release marks a disappointing start to the NFL career of the troubled former Ohio State running back, who missed two years of football after leading the Buckeyes to the national title in 2002.

He got in trouble with the law and was suspended for the 2003 season. At that point, he hadn’t been out of high school long enough to be eligible for the NFL draft, so he sued in federal court to become eligible and lost.

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