James Washington

Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #13
Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #13

James Washington News

Still needs more time

Washington (foot) is eligible to come off injured reserve ahead of Week 5, but he still needs more time to rehab, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Washington suffered a foot fracture at the beginning of August and has remained sidelined since. There hasn't been any reports of a setback, so the wideout appears on track with his rehab, but he simply just needs more time to recover from a serious injury. In his absence, Noah Brown has emerged as a solid secondary option behind CeeDee Lamb, while Michael Gallup (knee) is working his way back to full strength after making his season debut in Week 4.

Oct 4, 2022 2:46 PM EST

Recovery on schedule

Washington (foot) was spotted doing on-field work Thursday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The wide receiver has yet to make his Cowboys debut after suffering a foot fracture in early August, but Washington hasn't had any setbacks in his rehab. He'll be eligible to come off IR ahead of a Week 5 tilt with the Rams, but it's not yet clear if he'll be ready to suit up by then. It's also not clear what the former Steeler's role in the Dallas offense will be -- CeeDee Lamb remains the team's No. 1 receiver, and Michael Gallup (knee) could rejoin the lineup as soon as Monday against the Giants, potentially leaving Washington to compete for the No. 3 spot with Noah Brown.

Sep 23, 2022 8:43 AM EST

Spotted doing rehab work

Washington (foot) did rehab work while the Cowboys practiced Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Coming back from a broken foot, Washington is on injured reserve and thus ruled out for the first four games of the season. It seems he's making progress and could be available in October, though at that point he'll likely have missed his chance to take the field without competing against Michael Gallup (knee) for targets.

Sep 14, 2022 12:44 PM EST

Sheds walking boot

Washington (foot) was seen without his walking boot last week, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The wide receiver will begin the season on IR after foot surgery, but his recovery appears to be on schedule. Washington could make his Cowboys debut as soon as Week 5 against the Rams.

Sep 6, 2022 11:01 AM EST

Placed on IR

Washington was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, ruling him out for the first four games of the regular season.

Analysis: The soonest he can play is Oct. 9 against the Rams, at which point he'll be nearly 10 weeks removed from fracturing his foot during a practice. It's possible Washington misses time beyond that, as reports in early August suggested he'd be out for 6-10 weeks.

Aug 31, 2022 1:02 PM EST

Out two months with foot fracture

Washington will miss at least the next two months due to the fractured foot he suffered at Monday's practice, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: After he landed awkwardly on his right leg while attempting to come down with a deep ball on a go route, Washington required a cart to go to the locker room. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, it initially was feared that he may have sustained a Jones fracture in his right foot, and tests appear to have confirmed the worst. With Michael Gallup (knee) unlikely to be available Week 1, the Cowboys' receiving corps will be reliant on CeeDee Lamb, rookie Jalen Tolbert and tight end Dalton Schultz to begin the campaign.

Aug 1, 2022 4:44 PM EST

May have Jones fracture

The Cowboys are concerned that Washington sustained a Jones fracture of his right foot during Monday's practice, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Washington will undergo additional testing over the next day or two before the Cowboys provide an update diagnosis for his injury, but the early signs weren't encouraging, as he wasn't able to put any weight on his foot while he exited the practice field. Though Washington had been held under 400 receiving yards in both of his final two seasons in Pittsburgh, the Cowboys were likely counting on him to have a regular role in three-receiver sets early on during the upcoming campaign while Michael Gallup (knee) finishes his recovery from a torn ACL. The Cowboys now look to be at risk at entering Week 1 sans both Gallup and Washington.

Aug 1, 2022 1:09 PM EST

Injures foot Monday

Washington sustained a foot injury during Monday's practice, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Washington landed awkwardly while attempting to come down with a catch on a go route, after which he was unable to put any weight on his right leg before needing a cart to go to the locker room. The severity of the injury remains unknown but should be divulged in due time. With Michael Gallup still in recovery mode from a torn ACL, rookie third-rounder Jalen Tolbert and Noah Brown are the Cowboys' top healthy reserve wide receivers behind top option CeeDee Lamb.

Aug 1, 2022 12:52 PM EST

Carted off with injury

Washington was carted off the practice field Monday after suffering an apparent right leg injury, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Washington didn't put any weight on his injured leg and was then carted back to the locker room. He's in the mix for a Week 1 starting job, especially with Michael Gallup (torn ACL) considered unlikely to be ready for the opener. If both Gallup and Washington miss time, rookie Jalen Tolbert would be looking at a huge opportunity.

Aug 1, 2022 12:07 PM EST

Returns healthy for camp

Washington (foot) is participating in the first practice of training camp, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Washington made good on his word, returning for the start of camp after a sore foot tendon kept him sidelined from June minicamp and some OTAs. He and third-round pick Jalen Tolbert are the favorites to see snaps and targets behind CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, the latter of whom could miss the start of the season after having ACL surgery in February. Washington signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with Dallas this spring, getting most of his money guaranteed on a modest deal.

Jul 27, 2022 11:55 AM EST

Says he'll be ok for training camp

A sore foot tendon prevented Washington from participating in June minicamp, but he's confident he'll be ready for the start of training camp, Mickey Spagnola of DallasCowboys.com reports.

Analysis: Washington also missed OTAs with the previously undisclosed injury, and at one point in late May he was spotted with a protective boot over his foot. He said at the time he'd be ready for June minicamp, and while that didn't come to fruition, he'll now have a month and a half to prepare for training camp. Fellow wideouts CeeDee Lamb (undisclosed) and Michael Gallup (torn ACL) also missed June minicamp, with Gallup being the Week 1 concern among the bunch as he continues his rehab from early February surgery.

Jun 17, 2022 8:26 AM EST

Works on the side Thursday

Washington, who sported a walking boot last week, did some resistance cord work off to the side Thursday, Jon Machotaof The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While the specifics of Washington's injury are unclear, the wideout did at least shed his walking boot Thursday, which suggests that the issue he's dealing with is not a long-term concern. Once Washington is able to practice fully, he's in line to compete with third-round pick Jalen Tolbert for snaps behind CeeDee Lamb, which will be a situation to monitor, given that fellow wideout Michael Gallup is working his way back from a torn ACL suffered Week 17 of last season.

Jun 3, 2022 2:38 PM EST

Spotted with boot over foot

Washington has been wearing a protective boot over his foot but thinks he'll be okay for mandatory minicamp in mid-June, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The free-agent acquisition is expected to compete for snaps behind CeeDee Lamb, with regular playing time potentially available for both Washington and third-round pick Jalen Tolbert if Michael Gallup (torn ACL) isn't ready for Week 1. It isn't a great sign that Washington is now dealing with an injury of his own, though he doesn't believe it'll be a long- term issue. The 2018 second-round pick missed five games in his four years with the Steelers, but despite staying mostly healthy he never built on his 735-yard sophomore effort, instead sinking to 392 yards in 2020 and 285 yards last season.

May 25, 2022 12:40 PM EST

Going home to Texas

The Cowboys and Washington agreed to a one-year contract Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: A second-round pick in 2018, Washington wasn't able to make much headway in a stacked Steelers receiving corps in four campaigns with the team, topping out at 44 catches (2019), 735 yards (2019) and five touchdowns (2020) in any given year. The Texas native will be stuck behind CeeDee Lamb and eventually Michael Gallup once the latter is recovered from a torn ACL suffered Week 17 of last season. Until that happens, Washington's competition for WR reps consists of Noah Brown, pending further additions to the group this offseason.

Mar 18, 2022 4:13 PM EST

Off COVID list

Washington (undisclosed) has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Washington landed on the list on Jan. 8 and didn't play in the the Steelers' regular season finale against the Ravens, but the wideout will be available for Sunday's playoff opener against Kansas City. While his return to the mix bolsters Pittsburgh's WR depth, Washington's fantasy upside is capped by the fact that Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McCloud are also in the mix. Moreover, JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) has progressed to the point that he's returning to practice.

Jan 13, 2022 9:46 AM EST

Still on COVID-19 list

Washington (undisclosed) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Tuesday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike Tomlin relayed the news regarding Washington, whom the Steelers placed on the COVID-19 list Saturday. Washington was forced to sit out Sunday's season-finale at Baltimore, but with Pittsburgh earning the No. 7 seed in the AFC he'll have another chance to play Sunday at Kansas City if he's able to clear league protocols.

Jan 11, 2022 9:33 AM EST

Remains on COVID list

Washington (reserve/COVID-19 list) is unavailable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: While Washington won't play in the Steelers' regular-season finale, Diontae Johnson is active after coming off the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Week 18 action. Johnson is thus slated to head the team's wideout corps Sunday along with Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McCloud.

Jan 9, 2022 9:16 AM EST

Lands on COVID-19 list

The Steelers placed Washington (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Analysis: While it's not yet clear whether Washington has tested positive for COVID-19, he'll likely be unavailable for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Ravens. Cody White could see a slight uptick in playing time in Week 18. Assuming he's sidelined Sunday, Washington hauled in 24 of 44 targets for 285 yards and two touchdowns across 15 appearances during the 2021 regular season.

Jan 8, 2022 10:23 AM EST

Earns five targets

Washington recorded three receptions on five targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over Tennessee.

Analysis: Washington tied with Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson for the team lead in targets Sunday, though the entire Pittsburgh offense posted uninspiring numbers. Most notable was that Washington outplayed Chase Claypool -- who recorded zero receptions on only two targets -- in what could be a sign that Washington is rising up the depth chart. Washington has recorded a combined seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown across his last two games. The Steelers' Week 16 matchup against Kansas City could provide for better offensive numbers, though Washington's role remains uncertain without additional news.

Dec 19, 2021 9:06 PM EST

Catches TD in loss

Washington secured four of six targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 36-28 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Washington was held without a catch in the first half of Thursday's matchup, but he was more involved in the second half as the Steelers nearly pulled off an improbable comeback. The 25-year-old's four catches matched his highest mark of the year in what has been an inconsistent season for the receiver. In seven appearances since Pittsburgh's Week 7 bye, Washington has secured 11 of 22 targets for 141 yards and two touchdowns while rushing twice for 13 yards.

Dec 10, 2021 8:35 AM EST

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