A person familiar with the situation says the New England Patriots have released running back-kick returner Leon Washington.
Washington, who signed with the team in the offseason, was not at practice with the team Sunday after being told he had been released, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots had not yet announced the move.
It appeared Washington might have been safe after not being among the team's cuts Saturday as it set its 53-player roster.
Washington is tied with Josh Cribbs for the NFL record with eight career kickoffs returned for touchdowns.
Washington, 31, spent his first four NFL seasons with the New York Jets before being traded to Seattle during the 2010 draft.
---
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Recent NFL Discussions

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Rams vs. Vikings Prediction Will the Minnesota Vikings cover as a small home favorite today when they host the Los Angeles Rams at 1:00 p.m. ET? Let's dive into the matchup.
Thumbnail Redskins vs. Saints Prediction Will the Washington Redskins be the team to slow down the red-hot New Orleans Saints or will Sean Payton and Co. keep rolling with another win and cover today at 1:00...
Thumbnail Buccaneers vs. Dolphins Total Pick Will two struggling offenses have trouble finding points as the Miami Dolphins host the Tampa Bay...
Thumbnail Texans vs. Cardinals Pick Can the Houston Texans manage to get back on track today when they play host to the Arizona...
Thumbnail Ravens vs. Packers Pick Will the Baltimore Ravens be able to go on the road and cover as a favorite when they face the Green Bay...

NFL Team Pages