The Seahawks are waiving running back Robert Turbin with an injury designation, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
Turbin – who is dealing with a high ankle sprain – is expected to miss roughly five weeks, so it’s not a shoo-in he’ll be claimed by another team. Under NFL rules, a waived/injured player is free to be claimed by other teams for 24 hours. If no one bites within that period, the player reverts to his team’s IR list.
The Turbin decision comes on the heels of the Seahawks’ addition of fellow running back Fred Jackson, who is expected to be the primary reserve behind starter Marshawn Lynch. It also comes in the wake of a Friday evening report by Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com that the Seahawks have been exploring trading another backup runner, Christine Michael (Twitter link).
For now, though, it’s Turbin – not Michael – who’s on the negative side of the Jackson pickup. The 25-year-old Turbin was a fourth-round pick of Seattle in 2012. Since then, he’s amassed 928 yards on 231 carries (4.0 YPC), also adding 43 catches and two receiving touchdowns.