SEA RB Leon Washington ahead of the pack

Seattle RB Leon Washington will start Saturday night in Seattle's third exhibition game, at Minnesota. It's essentially the final dress rehearsal before the regular season starts Sept. 12. Seattle ends the preseason five days later with a throwaway exhibition at Oakland.

Washington is ahead of most estimates on his recovery. And he's at the front of the race to become coach Pete Carroll's No. 1 rusher this season.

Carroll had cautioned Washington would be limited in training camp, yet he's been going all out since almost Day One. His only limitation: A cautious Carroll won't let him return kickoffs yet.

"I'm just really pleased with the way my body's been recovering. Not missing a practice has really been a bonus for me," Washington said.

Fantasy Impact: 

Very interesting news as we at had Forsett rated a bit higher. It still could end up that way as Washington isn't really designed to be an every-down back. But for now, it's a situation to keep an eye on.

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