Posted by Andy Benoit
Leon Washington is writing one of the most remarkable comeback stories of the season. After landing on Injured Reserve with a horrendous compound leg fracture with the Jets last season (you can view a clip here), Washington was traded to Seattle for a fifth-round pick. He returned to the field against the Packers last week. In that game, he had four carries for 19 yards and a touchdown, as well as a six-yard reception.
Saturday night, Washington wrote another chapter in his story by getting the starting nod against the Vikings. Justin Forsett and Julius Jones started the first two preseason games, though some are speculating that Washington is the favorite to win the competition and line up with the first unit September 12.
At halftime of the Minnesota game, Washington had 16 yards on six carries. He figures to be the leading candidate for kick return duties on Opening Day; his only kick return against Minnesota went for 23 yards.
Asked earlier in the week by the Seattle Post Intelligencer if he had something to prove, Washington said, "Not at all. I had to really come to a closure with that point, once that situation happened. Right now I'm just trying to out-do myself. If I can give my best, my best is good enough. That's the way I look at it.''
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