Broncos Release RB Travis Henry

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The Denver Broncos say they released running back Travis Henry today, attributing the move to his lack of commitment to the team.

Coach Mike Shanahan said in a written statement Henry has the ability to be one of the league's top running backs but that the team has to make decisions that will help the Broncos win the Super Bowl.

The Broncos signed Henry to a five-year, $22.5 million contract in March 2007.

He rushed for 691 yards on 167 carries with four touchdowns during his sole, injury-riddled season with the Broncos.

He injured a hamstring while running 100-yard sprints late last month.

The NFL told him in September he had failed a test for marijuana and would be suspended for a year. Henry challenged the test and the punishment and won.

Shanahan supported Henry during that dispute.

Before joining the Broncos, Henry played for Tennessee and Buffalo.