The Giants signed Washington to their practice squad Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Once he made a recovery from the fractured right foot he suffered in training camp, Washington struggled to carve out playing time in a crowded Dallas receiver room. Upon being cleared for his Cowboys debut in Week 14, Washington went on to play just 14 snaps over his two games with Dallas before being waived last week. Washington didn't have to wait long to find a new opportunity with another playoff team, and given the underwhelming state of the Giants' receiving corps, it wouldn't be surprising if he was elevated from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's wild-card matchup with the Vikings. Even if Washington doesn't debut with the Giants during the postseason, his presence on the practice squad will at least allow the organization to evaluate him for a potential signing heading into the 2023 season.
Jan 11, 2023 6:49 AM EST
The Cowboys informed Washington on Wednesday that he'll be released, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: After joining Dallas on a one-year deal last March, Washington appeared to be in good shape to open the season in a top-three role at receiver while Michael Gallup worked his back from an ACL tear, but a fractured right foot suffered early in training camp prevented that from materializing. Following a lengthy recovery from surgery, Washington was cleared to make his season debut Week 14, but he ended up playing just 14 snaps between his first two games with Dallas before sitting out the both of the past two weeks as a healthy inactive while the newly signed T.Y. Hilton supplanted him as the team's No. 4 receiver. Since Washington doesn't offer the ability to contribute on special teams like fellow depth wideouts KaVontae Turpin and Jalen Tolbert, the Cowboys elected to move on from the 26-year-old, who will seek out an opportunity elsewhere ahead of the 2023 season.
Jan 4, 2023 6:54 AM EST
Washington (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Titans, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: For the second consecutive week, Washington won't be available as a result of a coach's decision. In his absence, Noah Brown and T.Y. Hilton are both slated to serve as rotational wide receivers behind starters CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup in Week 17.
Dec 29, 2022 4:13 PM EST
Washington (coach's decision) has been ruled inactive ahead of Saturday's matchup against the Eagles, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Washington sat out the first 12 games of the season while recovering from a foot injury, and the 26-year-old has logged just one target while playing 14 offensive snaps since returning to action Week 14. With Washington sidelined, T.Y. Hilton appears set to serve as the Cowboys' No. 4 wideout while making his season debut Saturday.
Dec 24, 2022 12:26 PM EST
Washington failed to catch his only target and saw 11 offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Texans.
Analysis: Seeing his first action of the season after recovering from a foot injury, Washington's workload was limited but he got a rude welcome to the Cowboys' offense, getting the ball jarred loose on a big hit by Houston safety Jalen Pitre the only time Dak Prescott looked his way. With Noah Brown having earned Prescott's trust earlier in the year and coming off a big performance Sunday, Washington could have a hard time climbing above the No. 4 spot on the WR depth chart down the stretch.
Dec 12, 2022 10:21 AM EST
Washington (foot) was activated off injured reserve Saturday and will play Sunday against the Giants, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Washington has not played this season after fracturing his foot during the preseason, but the long-time Steeler is gearing up to make his 2022 season debut in a pivotal divisional matchup against the Giants. Given the Cowboys' starting trio of wideouts -- Ceedee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Noah Brown -- are all healthy, it's hard to project many opportunities for Washington to carve out a consistent role. Expect the 26-year-old to be a quality depth piece for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations.
Dec 10, 2022 7:23 AM EST
Washington (foot) appears likely to be available for the Cowboys' Week 14 contest versus the Texans, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Head coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that he thinks that Washington is ready to go for Sunday's matchup after what he saw out of the wide receiver at practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Washington fractured his right foot in a training camp workout in August and has yet to make his team debut after signing a one-year deal with Dallas in March. He'll likely slot in behind CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup as the Cowboys' third option at wideout once he's up to speed.
Dec 9, 2022 9:02 AM EST
The Cowboys designated Washington (foot) for return from injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Just as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported would be the case earlier Wednesday, the Cowboys have cleared Washington to practice for the first time since he fractured his right foot in an Aug. 1 training camp workout. Because he's spent the past four months recovering from surgery, Washington may need more than a trio of practices before gaining clearance to play, so he's far from a safe bet to be activated from IR ahead of this Sunday's game against the Colts. The Cowboys will have a 21-day window to evaluate Washington for a return to the 53-man roster, so a Week 14 or Week 15 debut may be more realistic for the 26-year-old receiver.
Nov 30, 2022 1:16 PM EST
The Cowboys are expected to designate Washington (foot) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Once the transaction is official, Washington will be eligible to practice Wednesday for the first time since Aug. 1, when he fractured his foot early in training camp and ultimately required surgery. Before getting hurt, Washington looked to be in strong position to begin the season as the Cowboys' No. 2 receiver behind CeeDee Lamb, but Michael Gallup completed his recovery from ACL surgery early in the season and has settled into that role since Week 4. The Cowboys will have a 21-day window to evaluate Washington in practice before adding him to the 53-man roster, but even once he's activated, the 26-year-old may be only a minor part of the offensive game plan.
Nov 30, 2022 7:17 AM EST
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Washington (foot) has a chance of "joining us here real soon," Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Washington's 21-day practice window could realistically open soon, as he's now almost three months removed from initially having suffered his right foot fracture. Once healthy, Washington will stand to handle a depth role in Dallas' receiving corps, which has been in need of contributors at wideout behind CeeDee Lamb.
Nov 29, 2022 7:28 AM EST
Washington (foot) is not ready to return to practice quite yet, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that although Washington is close to being ready, the wide receiver will not be designated to return from injured reserve quite yet. The wide receiver has been out since Aug. 1 while dealing with a foot fracture and has yet to make his team debut after signing with Dallas in March. Washington appears on track to return to practice in the near future, but he will likely have to wait until next week.
Nov 9, 2022 8:46 AM EST
Washington (foot) isn't sure when he will return but said he's "pretty much healed" and "felt great" during a workout Wednesday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Washington suffered a foot fracture in August and has been on injured reserve since the start of the regular season. The Cowboys needed him in September more than they do now, but Washington could nonetheless carve out a role at some point this season amidst a WR group that includes CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Noah Brown.
Oct 19, 2022 10:41 AM EST
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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