Former Redskins WR Rashad Ross signs with XFL's DC Defenders

Ethan Cadeaux

Former Redskins wide receiver Rashad Ross is returning to the nation's capital to play professional football, but not with the Redskins.

The 29-year-old has joined the DC Defenders of the XFL, the team announced on Monday. 

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The Defenders are in the middle of their inaugural training camp in Houston, as Week 1 of the rebranded XFL season begins on February 8.

Ross, who went undrafted in 2013 following a strong career at Arizona State, joined the Redskins in 2014 as a practice squad player. Following a standout preseason in 2015 where he led the NFL in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, Ross made the Redskins 53-man roster.

He became the Redskins main kick returner in 2015, including a 101-yard touchdown return against the Giants in Week 4. His role was diminished in 2016, and the Redskins released him that December.

After bouncing around on multiple practice squads following his release but failing to make an active roster, Ross joined the Arizona Hotshots of the now-defunct AAF in 2019. Before the league's suspension, Ross led the AAF in touchdown receptions.

Ross was initially drafted by the Arizona Wildcats of the XFL. Now, he'll play at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. for the Defenders, just a dozen miles from his old home at FedEx Field.

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