Seattle RB Leon Washington Makes Triumphant Return

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Running back Leon Washington made his Seahawks debut and returned to the field after a 10-month absence, capping a long recovery since suffering a season-ending compound fracture of his right leg with the New York Jets last year.

"I feel healthy," said Washington, who finished with a team-high 19 yards on four carries, including an 11-yard touchdown run. He also caught a pass for 6 yards.

"I feel good. I'm going to remain optimistic," he said. "I'll never get satisfied. I'm just trying to get better and better every day. Every day I come out, I feel looser and my leg feels stronger."

Washington entered the game in the second quarter and immediately displayed his trademark quickness that made him a fan favorite during his four seasons with the Jets.

On his first carry, he gained 4 yards bursting through the right side of the line. Two plays later, Washington seemed to disappear into a pile on the left side before squirting through and darting through past the secondary for a score that tied the score at 14 with 12:51 left before halftime.

"How did I look?" Washington asked. "Did I look slow? Honestly, I can't tell. I felt good. I felt like I had my legs under me, but I don't know. I'm just out there running as hard as I can."

Fantasy Impact: 

Washington could make things interesting in the Seattle backfield. Right now Justin Forsett is still the best back from a fantasy perspective, but Washington has the potential to close the gap.

Filed Under: 2010, Preseason

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