Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/7/13
The Patriots’ roster is back to the 53-man max, bringing back an old friend to fill things up ahead of Sunday’s season opener. The Patirots re-signed kick returner/running back Leon Washington on Saturday afternoon, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Washington, 31, was originally signed by the team during free agency on March 14, spending the entire offseason and training camp with New England. After seeming likely to make the 53-man roster out of camp, Washington was one of the Patriots’ final cuts on Sept. 1. He worked out for the New York Jets earlier this week, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, but he left Jets camp without a contract. Washington was the Patriots’ most consistent kick returner during the preseason, showing flashes of the big-play ability that made him a coveted asset during his time with the Jets and Seahawks. He will likely backup running back Shane Vereen as the Patriots’ flex running back position and on punt returns behind Julian Edelman. The two-time Pro Bowler, which includes a selection in 2012, is tied with former Browns returner Josh Cribbs as the NFL record holder with eight career kickoff return touchdowns. The Patriots may need his spark on Sunday as they open up their season with a divisional game in Buffalo. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here. Filed under: Headlines, Luke Hughes, New England Patriots

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Carmelo Anthony does not speak to media after loss to Hornets

NFL Network suspends 3 analysts accused of sexual harassment

Winners and losers from Monday Night Football in Week 14

Patriots safety Duron Harmon yells at teammates in heated sideline exchange

Players avoid suspensions for mayhem in Jacksonville

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Russell Westbrook destroys Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with monstrous dunk

Are the Houston Astros preparing to lose Dallas Keuchel?

Watch Chris Paul embarrass Pelicans player with sick crossover

LaMelo, LiAngelo Ball to join Lithuanian team in January

Carson Wentz out for season with torn ACL

NFL threatens ‘significant discipline’ over mistreatment of referees

The 'Josh Gordon is back and the NFL will have to deal with it!' quiz

Free agent profile: Carlos Santana

The best individual performance from every bowl all time

The naughty and nice athletes list for 2017

Knicks GM: We have no interest in tanking

Top 10 Player of the Year candidates

Sports & Politics Intersect: When Olympic gold corrupts

The 'And the winner is...' quiz

The 14 most intriguing NFL draft prospects playing in 2017 bowl games

Why Antonio Brown deserves to be in MVP discussion

Is this when Zach Werenski and the Blue Jackets really get their season going?

Dissecting the road to the NFL postseason

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Josh Gordon is back and the NFL will have to deal with it!' quiz

The best individual performance from every bowl all time

NFL Week 14 injury report

Sports & Politics Intersect: When Olympic gold corrupts

The best games of 2017

The naughty and nice athletes list for 2017

The 'And the winner is...' quiz

NHL Weekender: Caps gain ground, Kings ready to rule?

Dissecting the road to the NFL postseason

The 'What's old is new again (but also still old)' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker