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Leon Washington final inactive for Patriots, Jairus Byrd inactive for Bills

09.08.13 at 11:45 am ET
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Leon Washington is the final inactive for the Patriots in their season opener against the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The move is a bit of a surprise as he was brought back to the team on Saturday and the veteran returner was on the field two hours before kickoff working out with strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash.

The Patriots announced six of their seven inactives on Saturday when they ruled out Rob Gronkowski (forearm/back), Aaron Dobson (hamstring), Brandon Bolden (knee), Nate Ebner (ankle), Duron Harmon (hamstring) and Will Svitek (knee).

As for the Bills, they ruled out CB Stephon Gilmore (wrist), K Dustin Hopkins (right groin) and C Doug Legursky (knee) before Sunday. On Sunday morning, starting safety Jairus Byrd was added to that list with plantar fascitis. Other inactives including DT Jay Ross, TE Chris Gragg and DL Corbin Bryant.

The Patriots made a flurry of roster moves on Saturday, which included bringing back Washington.

In addition the Patriots released DL A.J. Francis and signed OL Braxston Cave to the practice squad.

Washington, 30, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on March 14, 2013, and released on Sept. 1, 2013. The 5-foot-8, 192-pounder is a veteran of seven NFL seasons with the New York Jets (2006-09) and the Seattle Seahawks (2010-12). The 5-foot-8, 203 pounder, originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round (117th pick overall) draft choice by the Jets out of Florida State in 2006. He was traded by the Jets to the Seahawks on April 24, 2010, for a 2010 fifth-round draft choice. Washington was released by Seattle on March 12, 2013.

Washington shares the NFL record with Josh Cribbs with eight career kickoff returns for touchdowns. He also tied an NFL record when he returned two kicks for a touchdown in a game against San Diego in 2010. Washington earned Pro Bowl honors in 2008 and 2012 and All-Pro honors in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Washington has played in 103 NFL games with 14 starts and has registered 473 rushing attempts for 2,213 yards and 16 touchdowns, 146 receptions for 1,127 yards and two touchdowns. He has also returned 168 punts for 1,668 yards and 244 kickoffs for 6,315 yards and eight touchdowns.

Offensive lineman Josh Kline, 23, originally joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Kent State on May 3, 2013 and was released on Sept. 2, 2013 before being re-signed to the practice squad on Sept. 4, 2013. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder saw action at right guard, right tackle and on special teams during his college career at Kent State. He earned second-team All-MAC honors as a senior in 2012.

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