Despite suffering a gruesome leg injury last season, Leon Washington hopes to be healthy enough to participate in training camp. Alvin Keels, Washington’s agent, was confident enough to state on Twitter:
"Leon Washington has continued to work hard in rehab and is now running and changing directions. Expects to be ready by the start of camp!"
Considering how severe Washington’s injury was – his fractured fibula reportedly broke through the skin – it will be remarkable to see him back on the field in August. A fractured fibula requires complete immobilization followed by intense rehabilitation to recover strength.
Hopefully, Washington can return to his previous form and become a playmaker for Seattle’s offense. In four years with New York, he averaged 4.8 yards per carry and scored 19 touchdowns.
Washington was never the full-time starter in New York, but he was regularly given opportunities. In his last full season, he averaged 5.9 yards per carry and reached the end zone 9 times. His elusive style of running excited spectators and should have earned him additional carries and a larger paycheck.
Unfortunately, Washington was limited to only seven games last season and his contributions were minimal. Prior to his injury, Washington was primed for a new contract and extended role in New York.
Following his trade, he’ll now have an opportunity to shine in Seattle.
Assuming, of course, Alvin Keels is trustworthy.