The Redskins were awarded running back Marcus Mason off waivers on Tuesday.
Mason had been waived by the New York Jets on Monday.
Mason, 5-9 and 215 pounds, begins his second stint with the Redskins. He was on the club in 2007 and during 2008 training camp but was released after preseason.
Last year, Mason was on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. Later in the season, he was signed to the New York Jets active roster for six games.
He finished the season on the Jets' practice squad.
Mason has led the Redskins in preseason rushing yardage each of the last two years.
In 2008, he totaled 317 yards on 66 carries in preseason and also caught eight passes for 56 yards and one touchdown.
As an undrafted rookie in 2007, he logged 95 rushing yards and one touchdown on 25 carries in preseason.
Mason earned a roster spot on the Redskins after 2007 preseason. He later joined the team's practice squad.
Football fans in the Washington, D.C., area long have known of Mason's skills. He is a native of Potomac, Md.
He attended Georgetown Prep and became the all-time leading rusher in Maryland high school history with 5,700 yards.
At Youngstown State, Mason rushed for 1,847 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior.