Dwayne Washington

New Orleans Saints
Running Back #36
New Orleans Saints
Running Back #36

Dwayne Washington News

Activated from COVID-19 list

Washington (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Washington was forced to miss Monday's loss to the Dolphins while in the health and safety protocols, though he should be poised to return for Sunday's matchup against Carolina. He has played nearly exclusively on special teams this season and picked up only four carries and two receptions across 12 games as a result.

Dec 31, 2021 1:53 PM EST


Not available Week 16

Washington wasn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Saints' deadline for Week 16 roster moves and won't be available for Monday's game against the Dolphins, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Though he's listed as a running back, Washington makes his biggest for the Saints as a core member of their special-teams units, so his absence won't mean much from a fantasy standpoint. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and should have decent odds of getting cleared for the Saints' Week 17 game against the Panthers.

Dec 27, 2021 2:33 PM EST



Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

Washington was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, per the team's official site.

Analysis: Washington joins a growing list of Saints players and coaches on the COVID list ahead of Monday's matchup against Miami. If there's any good news for New Orleans, it's that none of the four running backs listed ahead of Washington on the depth chart is currently slated to miss the contest. As such, the impact of his absence will primarily be felt on special teams.

Dec 24, 2021 2:01 PM EST


No offensive snaps despite injuries

Washington did not log an offensive snap during Thursday's 31-6 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Considering New Orleans was down both Alvin Kamara (knee) and Mark Ingram (knee), it's clear that New Orleans doesn't view Washington as much more than a special-teams contributor.

Nov 26, 2021 6:42 PM EST


Two touches in Kamara's absence

Washington rushed twice for eight yards during Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: With Alvin Kamara (knee) sidelined, Mark Ingram commanded the vast majority of work out of the backfield while Washington was only a change-of-pace option that barely saw the field on offense. Even if Kamara remains sidelined in Week 11, Washington won't be worth of fantasy consideration.

Nov 14, 2021 7:32 PM EST



No offensive snaps

Washington did not log an offensive snap during Sunday's 27-25 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: With Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram locked in atop the depth chart, Washington was only needed for reps on special teams, where he returned two kickoffs for a combined 39 yards.

Nov 8, 2021 1:37 PM EST


Logs full practice

Washington (neck) practiced in full Thursday, according to the Saints official injury report.

Analysis: Washington was limited in practice Wednesday but was able to give it a full go on Thursday. He hasn't seen the field since Week 5 against The Football Team where he was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit while on punt coverage. With the recent addition of Mark Ingram, it is likely Washington's role will stay with special teams if he suits up Sunday against the Falcons.

Nov 4, 2021 2:03 PM EST


Out again

Washington (neck) will remain sidelined for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Washington absence will mark his second straight due to a neck injury. He was unable to practice all week, so this news is relatively unsurprising. He is primarily used on special teams when healthy.

Oct 29, 2021 5:04 PM EST


Won't play Week 7

Washington (neck) has been ruled out for Monday's contest against the Seahawks, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Washington didn't practice at all this week, so it's not a surprise to see him ruled out for Monday's contest. When healthy, he is primarily used on special teams, so his absence shouldn't affect the Saints' offensive rotations.

Oct 23, 2021 4:00 PM EST


Misses practice

Washington (neck) has missed consecutive practices ahead of Monday's matchup with the Seahawks.

Analysis: Washington's status for Week 7 will become more clear once Saturday's practice report is revealed. When healthy, he is primarily used on special teams to go along with providing depth at running back.

Oct 22, 2021 8:32 PM EST


Logs two offensive snaps

Washington logged two offensive snaps during Sunday's 33-22 win over New Orleans.

Analysis: Despite speculation that Washington could serve as the No. 2 running back in the absence of Tony Jones (ankle), the kick return specialist was limited to two offensive snaps possibly in part due to getting shaken up on a helmet-to-helmet hit in punt coverage during the second quarter. In the end, Alvin Kamara hogged 88 percent of the offensive snaps while Devine Ozigbo (seven snaps) and fullback Alex Armah (16) filled in behind him. While it seems possible that Washington could get a few offensive touches while Jones remains on injured reserve for at least the next two weeks, it does not seem as if he'll be used as a direct replacement in the complementary role Jones enjoyed.

Oct 11, 2021 7:56 AM EST


Looks like Kamara's top backup

Washington was working with the second-team offense during warmups ahead of Sunday's game in Washington and is expected to serve as the No. 2 back behind Alvin Kamara, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Washington will bump up a spot on the depth chart after Kamara's previous top understudy, Tony Jones (ankle), was moved to injured reserve Wednesday. Since joining New Orleans in 2018, Washington has been deployed almost exclusively on special teams, logging only 79 offensive snaps across three-plus seasons. Even with Jones out of the mix, expect Washington to handle a light role on offense, most likely just subbing in when Kamara requires a breather.

Oct 10, 2021 9:38 AM EST


Two touches in Jones' absence

Washington rushed once for five yards while securing his only target for six yards during Sunday's 27-21 overtime loss to the Giants.

Analysis: After seeing zero offensive snaps over the first three weeks of the season, Washington saw a couple of touches after Tony Jones was carted off with an ankle injury. If Jones needs to miss time, Washington's fantasy stock could rise depending on whether the Saints bring in any backfield reinforcements.

Oct 3, 2021 4:20 PM EST


Stuck on special teams

Washington logged 14 snaps on special teams during Sunday's 38-3 win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Washington didn't see any action on offense as the No. 3 back behind Alvin Kamara and Tony Jones, nor did he get a chance to return a kickoff since Green Bay only kicked off once and it went for a touchback. The 27-year-old will look to get his first touch of the season when the Saints travel to Carolina in Week 2.

Sep 14, 2021 9:34 AM EST


Moves up to No. 3 RB

Washington is the Saints' No. 3 running back after Latavius Murray was released Tuesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Washington was able to secure a spot on New Orleans' initial 53-man roster and has now moved up the depth chart since the team has parted ways with Murray. Washington had 16 carries for 75 yards in 27 games for the Saints over the past two seasons, and he's unlikely to have a significant offensive role in 2021 if Alvin Kamara and Tony Jones remain healthy.

Sep 7, 2021 8:13 PM EST


Not going anywhere

Washington secured a roster spot, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Washington probably won't see many offensive touches as long as Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray and Tony Jones are healthy, but he should continue on as a solid contributor on special teams, particularly at kick returner.

Aug 31, 2021 4:26 PM EST


Solid preseason showing

Washington rushed four times for 16 yards while catching two of two targets for 39 yards during Monday's preseason loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: After seeing no touches on six offensive snaps in the preseason opener, Washington was more involved offensively and he didn't get bottled up as frequently as Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman did. However, with Alvin Kamara and Tony Jones also above Washington on the roster, Washington's case for a roster spot will likely come down to special teams. While he didn't return any kickoffs Monday, Washington returned two in the opener and through two preseason games his 24.0-yard average tops the team.

Aug 24, 2021 8:27 AM EST


Staying in New Orleans

Washington signed a contract extension with the Saints on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Washington didn't play more than 50 offensive snaps in any of his last three seasons with the Saints. The 26-year-old is dependable backfield depth, and he can contribute on the kick return in a pinch. Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray (quadriceps) are both returning for 2021, so Washington's duties will be reserved for special teams once again.

Mar 9, 2021 4:37 PM EST


Totals 15 yards in 2020

Washington rushed eight times for 15 yards in 2020.

Analysis: Washington saw very limited action as a running back this season, and ended the year with one fewer touch than he saw in 2019, including no work as a receiver. He played primarily on special teams, and that's likely the role he'll fill in 2021 if he returns to the Saints. Washington will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason after spending the last three seasons with New Orleans.

Jan 30, 2021 3:22 PM EST


Returns from COVID list

The Saints activated Washington (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Washington was forced to miss Week 17 after landing on the COVID list as a high-risk close contact, but he'll now be eligible to return to team facilities. Latavius Murray (undislosed) also returned from the COVID list Wednesday, though Alvin Kamara (illness) remains iffy for Saturday's wild-card matchup against the Bears. Washington could see an increased depth role if Kamara can't go.

Jan 6, 2021 2:26 PM EST


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