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Released running back Chris Johnson criticizes Cardinals, responds to fans on Twitter

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Posted at 8:35 PM, Nov 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-19 22:35:39-05

After he was released by the Arizona Cardinals and replaced by the newly-acquired Adrian Peterson, running back Chris Johnson called out "clueless" fans on Twitter.

On Sunday, the 10-year NFL veteran was back at it, criticizing the Cardinals' play-calling during their loss to the Texans and suggesting the team needs to make personnel changes.

Johnson appeared to be especially critical of an unsuccessful fourth-down decision made by coach Bruce Arians late in the game -- a decision that Arians took responsibility for after the game. The play in question took place in the fourth quarter. Peterson, who had been held in check for most of the game, was stopped short of a first down on fourth-and-1, and the Texans scored a touchdown on the very next play to put the game out of reach.

Johnson also referenced a comment made by Arians after the game in which the Cardinals coach said the team will look for better wide receivers after a number of dropped passes hurt the Cardinals on Sunday.

Johnson also responded to a fan who called Johnson "salty" for being replaced by Peterson.

The 32-year-old Johnson is one of seven players to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a single season (with the Tennessee Titans in 2009), but he averaged just 2.5 yards per carry in four games this season with the Cardinals.

The Cards signed Peterson to boost a rushing offense that ranks last in the NFL in yards per carry and per game this season.

After the Cardinals cut Johnson, Arians said he regrets not being able to speak to Johnson in person before he was cut. "I hated the way it happened before I had a chance to talk to him," he said. "I love Chris Johnson. It just didn't work out."