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James Thrash, a multi-mediocre guy who stuck around way longer than his stats justified and somebody Joe Gibbs always mentioned when throwing out the amorphous “core Redskins,” has just been released by the team.

Official statement after the jump.

The Washington Redskins announced today that they have released wide receiver James Thrash after he was unable to pass a physical.

“It has been a great honor to get to know James and his family,” Redskins Owner Daniel M. Snyder said.  “James is a tremendous person who has been a great ambassador for the Redskins in our community.  He has produced nine outstanding seasons for our team.  It is our hope that he will continue a long-term relationship with our organization.”

Thrash originally joined the Redskins as a college free agent from Missouri Southern in 1997 and spent a total of nine seasons with Washington (1997-2000, 2004-2008). Over his 12-year NFL career, which included three seasons with Philadelphia, Thrash played in 165 games, starting 71, and logged 290 receptions for 3,646 yards and 22 touchdowns.

“I talked with James and we agreed that this was the best way to proceed,” Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn said.  “James can focus on getting healthy and we can move forward.  James is a true Redskin and a fan favorite.  He was great player, teammate and team leader.  Though we had to make this decision, we are confident that James will be involved in some capacity within the Redskins organization.”

Thrash rushed 41 times for 362 yards and two touchdowns in his career. On special teams, he returned 124 kicks for 2,819 yards and one touchdown and had 42 punt returns for 418 yards. Thrash’s best season in Washington came when he registered in 2000, 50 catches for 653 yards and two touchdowns.

“James has been a valuable member of our team and a tremendous asset to our organization,” Redskins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato said. “He always put the team first and was a great role model in our locker room.  We appreciate his contributions to the Redskins organization.”