BREAKING NEWS: Marcus Mason Returns To The Washington Redskins

Anthony BrownCorrespondent INovember 23, 2009

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 3:  Running back Marcus Mason #23 of the Washington Redskins rushes upfield against the Indianapolis Colts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on August 3, 2008 in Canton, Ohio.   (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins signed running back Marcus Mason to a new contract.  The Washington area native will be in uniform for Sunday's game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The signing is a "done deal" according to Chris Russel, Redskins beat reporter for 106.7 FM THE FAN who related the news on The Mike Wise Show this afternoon.

There are no other media reports about the Redskins and Mason yet, but the team has a clear need at running back. The Redskins reported on their Web Site that Ladell Betts and right guard Chad Rinehart are lost for the remainder of the season.

Starting running back Clinton Portis is expected to miss the game with Philadelphia.

Mason worked out for the New England Patriots this month, and he also spent time on the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets rosters.

Mason continues to be a local favorite but was unable to stick with with the team. Washington's coaches have been concerned with Mason's blocking abilities and his overall fit on special teams. He was released in October to create roster space for tackle Levi Jones.

But man, can Marcus run.