Dwayne Washington

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

Dwayne Washington News

Moves to NFI list

Washington (illness) was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

Analysis: Washington hasn't played since Week 13 while dealing with migraine issues. The move will end his season early and ensure he is out Sunday against the Panthers. He'll continuing trying to get healthy and prepare to return next season, while the move also opens a roster spot for the Saints.

Jan 4, 2023 2:57 PM EST

Remains out Sunday

Washington (illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Washington has been unable to practice over the last three weeks due to a migraine, Terrin Waack of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. It's unclear whether the running back will be able to suit up for the Saints' regular-season finale in Week 18.

Dec 30, 2022 1:42 PM EST

Absent from Thursday's session

Washington (illness) wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Washington was unavailable for both of New Orleans' previous two games due to an illness, but Saints coach Dennis Allen recently explained that the 28-year-old has been dealing with a cluster of migraine headaches, per Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football. While it currently appears as if Washington is on his way to missing a third consecutive contest Sunday against the Eagles, along with Alvin Kamara's (quadriceps/personal) current questionable tag, David Johnson, Eno Benjamin and Taysom Hill could serve as the team's top ball carriers come New Year's Day.

Dec 29, 2022 12:36 PM EST

Dealing with migraine issues

Saints coach Dennis Allen said that Washington is dealing with a cluster of migraine headaches and will be ruled out for Saturday's game against Atlanta, Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Washington also sat out each practice of Week 15 prep while dealing with an illness before being ruled out for Sunday's win over the Falcons, though it's unclear if these migraines were the cause of his absence. Allen also said that the 28-year-old running back could be in line to miss multiple weeks while dealing with this issue, which would leave New Orleans without one of its core special-teamers moving forward. Washington has not recorded a rush or catch since Week 9, so his absence won't affect the team's game plan on offense.

Dec 22, 2022 2:21 PM EST

Ruled out

Washington (illness) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against Atlanta, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Washington didn't practice at all during Week 15 prep due to an illness, so despite being listed as questionable, it's not surprising to see him ruled out. Eno Benjamin (coach's decision) is also inactive and Mark Ingram (knee) is out for the season, leaving David Johnson as the only active backup behind Alvin Kamara. However, Taysom Hill figures to get a few carries as well.

Dec 18, 2022 8:58 AM EST

Iffy for Sunday

Washington (illness) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against Atlanta, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Washginton didn't practice at all during Week 15 prep due to an illness, but he still has a chance to suit up Sunday. If the reserve running back is sidelined, newcomers David Johnson and Eno Benjamin would be the top backups behind Alvin Kamara.

Dec 16, 2022 1:06 PM EST

Remains sidelined Thursday

Washington (illness) was not seen during the open-viewing period of the Saints' practice Thursday, Terrin Waack of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Washington has now missed back-to-back practices while dealing with an illness to begin Week 15. While it's discouraging that he wasn't able to ramp up his activity Thursday, he'll still have one more practice to improve his status before Friday's final injury reports. If Washington does remain sidelined, then the Saints could be down a core special-teamer Sunday versus Atlanta.

Dec 15, 2022 1:07 PM EST

Dealing with illness

Washington didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Washington landed on the injury report Wednesday as a non-participant due to an illness. The severity of the aliment remains unclear, but the backup running back will have two more opportunities to practice before the Saints need to make a decision on his status for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Dec 14, 2022 1:54 PM EST

Could see slight usage increase

Washington could be in line for more offensive snaps with No. 2 running back Mark Ingram expected to be out 4-6 weeks with an MCL tear, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: Washington has been a core special teamer for most of his career, logging just 83 offensive snaps over the past four seasons with New Orleans. The 28-year-old did previously see increased playing time and touches this season after Ingram initially went down with an MCL sprain Week 8. However, Washington went on to record only seven carries and one target across two lopsided contests versus the Raiders and Ravens. He then reverted to a near-exclusive role on special teams, as the Saints added veteran David Johnson to the practice squad to fill in until Ingram returned Week 12. While Washington could help provide depth at running back over the final four regular-season games, it's likely the team will utilize either Johnson or Derrick Gore, who is also on the practice squad, following its Week 14 bye.

Dec 7, 2022 1:30 PM EST

One offensive snap in shutout loss

Washington had zero carries during Sunday's 13-0 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Washington tied his second-lowest offensive snaps of the ear as the Saints were held scoreless for the first time this season. The 28-year-old once again primarily played on special teams (16 snaps) despite serving as the team's No. 3 running back behind Alvin Kamara (undisclosed) and Mark Ingram, who returned after missing the last three games with a sprained MCL. Washington could see increased usage on offense if Kamara, who did not return to the field after being evaluated in the medical tent in the fourth quarter, is sidelined or limited during next week's game against Tampa Bay.

Nov 28, 2022 4:53 PM EST

Zero carries in loss

Washington did not record a rush on four offensive snaps during Sunday's 20-10 loss against Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Washington played almost exclusively on special teams during the Saints' lackluster offensive performance against Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old didn't have a chance to capitalize on the continued absence of No. 2 rusher Mark Ingram (knee), as New Orleans rushed for just 29 yards on 15 team carries. Washington logged just one more offensive snap than practice squad running back Jordan Howard, and neither figure to play a significant role against the Rams next Sunday.

Nov 14, 2022 8:03 AM EST

Totals 14 total yards in loss

Washington logged three rushes for seven yards and reeled in his only target for seven yards during Monday's 27-13 defeat against Baltimore.

Analysis: Washington served as the Saints' No. 2 running back with Mark Ingram out due to a sprained MCL. However, the 28-year-old Washington still primarily played on special teams, as 23 of his 28 snaps came in this phase. With New Orleans' offense stymied for much of the game, starting running back Alvin Kamara and versatile tight end Taysom Hill combined for 10 of the team's 15 rushing attempts against Baltimore. Washington should continue to play a minor role unless the Saints can find more success versus Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Nov 8, 2022 5:58 PM EST

Four carries in blowout win

Washington compiled four rushes for 13 yards on 13 offensive snaps during Sunday's 24-0 victory against the Raiders.

Analysis: Washington was called upon in mop-up duties as all four of his rushes came with the Saints already up 24-0 in the second half. The third-string running back played just eight offensive snaps over the previous four games, but he stepped up after Mark Ingram exited in the first half with what was later revealed as a sprained MCL. However, Washington still finished as New Orleans' third-leading rusher behind Alvin Kamara and versatile tight end Taysom Hill, who logged 10 rushes for 61 yards against the Raiders. With Ingram likely to miss 3-4 weeks, Washington could stand to see increased rushing attempts if the Saints do not add an extra running back moving forward.

Oct 31, 2022 4:36 PM EST

Zero touches in loss

Washington did not record a touch over two offensive snaps during Sunday's 28-25 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Washington served as the Saints' third-string running back behind Mark Ingram and Latavius Murray, who was bumped up from the team's practice squad with starter Alvin Kamara (ribs) sidelined Week 2. The 28-year-old was relegated back to a core special-teams role, playing at least 72 percent of New Orleans' special-teams snaps for the third game in a row. Washington also gave up the team's kick return duties with Deonte Harty back in the lineup after missing one game with a foot injury.

Oct 3, 2022 6:18 PM EST

Primary kick returning in loss

Washington recorded 56 yards on three kickoff returns while exclusively playing on special teams (21 snaps) during Sunday's 22-14 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Washington took over handling kickoff returns for the Saints after wide receiver Deonte Harty was ruled a healthy scratch ahead of Sunday's loss. After recovering a muffed catch on his first return, the 28-year-old averaged 18.7 yards per return while never making it past New Orleans' 25-yard line. Washington has played at least 200 special-teams snaps in each of the last three seasons, though he should relinquish these return duties when Harty is back in the lineup.

Sep 26, 2022 8:29 PM EST

Productive in limited role

Washington recorded four carries for 18 yards while lining up on four total offense snaps during the Saints' 20-10 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Washington finished as New Orleans' second-leading rusher behind Mark Ingram (10 carries, 60 yards) with No. 1 running back Alvin Kamara (ribs) sidelined against Tampa Bay. However, the 28-year-old running back only played a total of four offensive snaps behind Ingram (25 offensive snaps) and Tony Jones (32 offensive snaps), as he recorded three of his four total carries for 15 yards on subsequent plays late in the third quarter. Washington, who played 249 special-teams snaps last season, actually saw his most significant usage come in this phase against the Buccaneers (18), and he will likely revert back to this role as a core special teamer once Kamara returns.

Sep 19, 2022 7:50 PM EST

Will play Sunday

Washington (hamstring) is active Sunday against the Buccaneers, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Washington will likely operate as the Saints' No. 2 running back behind Mark Ingram with Alvin Kamara (ribs) out.

Sep 18, 2022 9:09 AM EST

Chance to play Sunday

Washington (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Washington was limited at practice all week but still has a chance to make his season debut Sunday. Alvin Kamara (ribs), Mark Ingram (ankle) and Washington are all questionable for Week 2, so it's unclear what the Saints backfield will look like against Tampa Bay.

Sep 16, 2022 2:02 PM EST

Limited Wednesday

Washington (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Washington didn't practice at all last week before being sidelined for the season opener. His return to practice is an encouraging sign, but if he isn't upgraded to a full participant Thursday or Friday, he could be in danger of missing a second straight game.

Sep 14, 2022 2:01 PM EST

Out Sunday

Washington (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's season opener against the Falcons, Rod Walker of NOLA.com reports.

Analysis: Washington wasn't expected to garner a major offensive role in the season opener, but he has been a major special-teams contributor over his past four seasons in New Orleans. The extent of his current hamstring injury remains unclear, but he didn't practice at all this week so its possible he'll be sidelined beyond week 1.

Sep 9, 2022 12:46 PM EST

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