Tag:Leon Washington
Posted on: August 22, 2010 10:08 am
Edited on: August 22, 2010 10:19 am

Hot Routes 8.22.10: Injuries and rookie hazing

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-In Baltimore’s win against the Redskins, Terrell Suggs – coming off, by his standards, an unimpressive year – had a good showing . He credits an offseason diet in which he came to training camp considerably lighter.

-Of course, Suggs’ explosion could also be credited to the fact that Redskins rookie LT Trent Williams, who was burned much of the night by Suggs, sustained an elbow contusion . He said the injury would not keep him out long.

-Seahawks RB Leon Washington, who suffered a season-ending injury last year while playing for the Jets, made his Seattle debut an impressive one, rushed for an 11-yard TD (overall, he carried the ball four times for 19 yards). Afterward, Washington declared that he felt healthy.

-Last night, we told you Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman was done for the preseason after fracturing the tip of his thumb. Freeman is just relieved it’s not a more serious injury . His backup, Josh Johnson, went 6 for 10 for 133 yards and a TD. Third-stringer Rudy Carpenter also performed well, completing 8 of 11 attempts for 79 yards and the game-winning score.

-According to Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette, the Dolphins exposed the Jaguars defense during Miami’s one-point win Saturday night. Miami and QB Chad Henne scored on four-straight possessions against Jacksonville’s No. 1 defense.

-In case you figured the injuries to A.J. Feeley’s thumb and elbow would catapult rookie Sam Bradford into the starting QB slot, you might have to rethink that theory . After the game, Feeley said he expects to be back for the team’s next preseason game. The X-rays on his thumb and elbow were negative.

-Neither Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw nor S Antrel Rolle started New York’s game Saturday night, because both were late to team meetings. “I've been around long enough to understand there are consequences, so I took it like a man,” Rolle said.

-And while we’re on the Giants, let’s talk for a second about RB Brandon Jacobs and his stiff neck that kept him from playing. According to Tom Coughlin, the injury came out of nowhere. Apparently, Jacobs hurt himself by doing shrugs while working out.

-If Ben Roethlisberger had his choice, he would have played the entire Steelers-Jets game. Alas, he was just happy to be back on the field.

-Speaking of Pittsburgh, Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette thinks the battle for the center spot is finished. Give the job to dominant rookie Maurkice Pouncey now, Bouchette writes.

-Brian Urlacher said the calf injury he sustained on the first series of the Bears game was not a big deal .

-The art of the rookie hazing is not dead in Tennessee. On Saturday, the Titans splashed all of safety Robert Johnson’s non-uniform clothes into the cold tub . Johnson’s cell phone was spared, but not his $160 pair of Jordan’s. The hazing was totally unexpected for Johnson, he said.

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 10:39 am
Edited on: July 30, 2010 4:36 pm

Revis 'leaning heavily' towards holding out?

Darrelle Revis has about 48 hours before he's due to report for Jets' training camp.

However, reports continue to flow out of New York that Revis might not be there, if his contract situation isn't resolved by then. Mark Cannizzaro of the  New York Post reports that Revis is "leaning heavily" towards holdout unless the Jets give him more money this year (or a long-term deal).
According to more than one person close to him, Revis has not yet made a final decision about whether to hold out, but he's leaning heavily in that direction if the Jets continue to ignore his issue.

"I wouldn't do that," one confidant of Revis' told The Post yesterday, warning the Jets not to call his bluff.
Additionally, the confidant added "That's not going to happen" when asked if Revis would play this year under his current contract.

It's an interesting situation for sure, and one point made by a Revis "friend" is a rather salient: "Leon [Washington's] situation is very much on Darrelle's mind." That's to say that Revis remembers Washington shattering his leg -- before getting a big contract extension -- and seeing his value drop to that of a fifth-rounder.

It's a legitimate concern, too; Revis wouldn't be hurting for money if he suffered a career-ending injury tomorrow, but his talents are such that he should, based on the compensation given to professional football players, be paid enough to take care of his kids' kids. A million bucks (what Revis is slated to make in 2010) is a nice chunk of change, but it won't do that.

The logical solution seems to be something similar to Chris Johnson's "new deal" -- give Revis more money up front for 2010, get him into camp and then worry about the future later down the line once the NFL sorts out its looming labor dispute.

UPDATE: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets have re-started contract talks with Revis. The two parties recently spoke for the first time in over a month.

UPDATE II: Jason La Canfora says a quick-fixing three-year, $30 million deal would be enough to satisfy Revis for now.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 12:01 pm

Can Leon Washington Be Ready Come Training Camp?

Former Jet Leon Washington is looking to bounce back from a gruesome compound leg fracture that ended his ’09 season last October. The Seahawks traded for Washington knowing that his successful recovery was no guarantee, but should it happen, the team would have an electrifying kick and punt returner, as well as one of the game’s most elusive third-down backs.

So how is the recovery going? According to the Seattle Times’s Danny O’Neil, Washington was on the field with a helmet at minicamp but was not seen partaking in any team drills or seven-on-seven activities. However, Pete Carroll is optimistic.

"We really do (expect him back for training camp)," Carroll said. "He's in great shape for this time. He's ahead of schedule right now. So with his ability to get out here and just get on the field with us, and another month yet, we'll still be very careful in the first couple weeks of camp in transition back in -- we won't rush that -- but we're very hopeful and everything looks like he's going to be fine."

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 22, 2010 8:33 pm

Washington back at practice

For the first time since suffering a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula last year while playing for the Jets, requiring a metal rod to be inserted in his leg, Seahawks RB Leon Washington, was on the field in a helmet for practice today.

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters he thinks Washington is ahead of schedule, and though the team will continue to be careful with him, he could be ready to compete by the start of training camp.

Just practicing was heaven for Washington, he told the team’s official web site .

“It felt good,” Washington told seahawks.com. “All I can say is that it’s a blessing. This was a long time coming. I’ve been looking forward to this day since last October. I felt like a little kid playing Pop Warner football again.”

On Tuesday, Washington worked out in individual, non-contact drills, and he plans to practice again Wednesday.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Seahawks use Washington, who split carries with Thomas Jones last season. There was a question whether Washington’s career would be over after suffering the injury, and it doesn’t seem likely he’ll have the same ability as when he was a rushing, receiving and a Pro Bowl-caliber kick returning threat who made good use of his speed and quickness.

Plus, the Seahawks already have Julius Jones and Justin Forsett – neither of whom have rathad their leg bone break through their skin anytime recently – in the backfield. Then again, both were rather mediocre last year, and if Washington can retain much of his speed, he could make an impact.

--Josh Katzowitz

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