Titans sign Leon Washington

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Running back/kick returner Leon Washington was released by the Patriots a couple of days ago, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be out of work too long.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Washington worked out for the Titans on Tuesday and that the team plans to sign him to the roster. Washington played just two games for the Patriots this season, missing time with an ankle injury while already behind some other players on the depth chart.

Washington returned eight kickoffs for touchdowns during his time with the Jets and Seahawks and he should still be able to provide some help in that area if he’s healthy. The Titans could use it.

The Titans cut Darius Reynaud last month after a fumble against the 49ers and saw Devon Wylie lose a fumble on a kick return during his first game with the team two weeks ago. They can’t afford more blunders like that against the Colts this weekend if they want to make a race of the AFC South in the final four weeks.

UPDATE 5:10 p.m. ET: The Titans announced Washington’s signing. They also announced that Wylie and center Kevin Matthews have been released. Matthews is the son of Titans offensive line coach and franchise icon Bruce Matthews.