Patriots release RB Leon Washington

The Leon Washington experiment is over, with the Patriots releasing the veteran running back on Saturday. Defensive back Justin Green was promoted from the practice squad to take Washington’s spot on the 53-man active roster.

Washington, originally signed in March and then re-signed in September after being released, was hampered by an ankle injury and appeared in just two games for the 7-3 Patriots. He had one carry for 1 yard on the season, and returned one kickoff for 19 yards.

Green is an undrafted rookie who joined the Patriots in July, then was signed to the practice squad after being released Aug. 31. With the Patriots fighting a depth issue in the secondary — cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee) isn’t expected to play on Sunday against the Broncos, and safety Steve Gregory (thumb), and cornerbacks Aqib Talib (hip) and Kyle Arrington (groin) listed as questionable to play — Green might see the field.

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