Washington up next for Seahawks

Leon Washington is back, and the competition in the Seattle Seahawks’ backfield is officially a three-man race.

Washington returned to game action on Saturday for the first time since a broken right fibula last season, rushing four times for 19 yards and a touchdown. Beyond the preseason numbers is the significance that Washington displayed his trademark burst that prompted the positive reviews since his return to practice.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll indicated that Washington will be next up in his rotation to start, according to Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com, following Julius Jones and Justin Forsett in the team’s first two games.

“There’s a good chance that Leon will start next week, and we’ll see how he does in that role,” Carroll said. “That’s what our plan was, to give these guys a chance to go with the first group and show us what they’ve got.”

Maybe he won’t be all the way back right away, but I doubt I’m alone in thinking Washington could be a factor for the Seahawks this season.

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