Ex-Falcons WR Johnson was arrested for DUI

Former Falcons wide receiver Darius Johnson was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, expired or no license on person, failure to have license on person and failure to obey signs or control devices on May, 24, 2014 by Atlanta Police Department, according to their website records.

After the first walk-through session on Friday, the Falcons released Johnson, who was contemplating a career change.

“I’m not going to comment on the reason that Darius was released,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We never do. There was a transaction that we put in today and he is no longer a member of our team.”

The Falcons, who are at 89 players on the roster, did not complete a transaction Friday.

The timing of Johnson’s release was curious, since he was expected to make the final roster after a strong rookie season.

Johnson, 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on April 29, 2013.

Johnson was the star of training camp last season as an undrafted rookie free agent.

He played in 10 games and made two starts. He had 22 receptions for 210 yards with one touchdown last season.

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