Washington appeared in five games during the 2017 season and rushed 20 times for 44 yards while securing both of his targets for 14 yards. He also logged 31 yards on two kickoff returns.
Washington supplanted Zach Zenner in training camp as the Lions' No. 3 running back behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, but he injured his quadriceps in Week 2 and everything went downhill from there. In fact, he appeared in just three more games thereafter, then missed time with a hip injury, and finished the season as a healthy scratch in each of the Lions' final five games. Washington, who remains under contract with Detroit in 2018, enters the offseason buried on the depth chart and will likely need to show progress as a kick returner in order to keep his hold on a roster spot.
Washington (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Vikings.
Like fellow running back Zach Zenner, Washington finishes the 2017 campaign with a multi-week stretch as a healthy scratch. In Washington's case, his last game action dates all the way back to Week 10, and he'll wrap up his second NFL season with just 20 carries for 44 yards and a pair of catches for 14 more yards. Now having averaged under 3.0 yards per rush in each of his first two seasons, the 23-year-old heads into the offseason with plenty to prove if he wants to keep a roster spot in 2018.
Washington (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 16 tilt against the Bengals.
Washington's most recent game action came in Week 10 against Cleveland, and with the trio of Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Tion Green all suiting up Sunday, he and fellow back Zach Zenner are the odd men out. Washington has been limited to five games in 2017, rushing for 44 yards on 20 carries and adding a pair of receptions for 14 yards.
Washington (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Saturday versus the Bears.
Washington will seemingly be a healthy scratch for the final seven games of the current campaign, barring a barrage of injuries to the backfield. As evidence, he didn't play the last two weeks when Ameer Abdullah was sidelined with a neck concern. With the injury behind him, Abdullah will join Theo Riddick and Tion Green as the Lions' active running backs Saturday.
Washington (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.
Displeased with the state of the backfield, the Lions have deactivated Ameer Abdullah and Washington in favor of Theo Riddick and Tion Green. In a similar situation last Sunday, Riddick earned 64 percent of the offensive snaps, while Green handled 33 percent.