The Seahawks have promoted running back Troymaine Pope from the practice squad to the active roster, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times (Twitter link). Pope will fill the spot vacated by fellow running back Christine Michael, who was waived earlier today.
If he’s active on Sunday, Pope will become the fourth running back on the Seattle roster, behind rookies C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins, and second-year player Thomas Rawls, who is set to return to the lineup this Sunday. Pope, 22, will likely serve on special teams duty when the Seahawks face the Eagles. An undrafted free agent this spring, Pope was on Seattle’s roster all summer, before joining the Jets’ practice squad in September.
Meanwhile, a few more details have rolled in related to Michael’s release, and off-the-field concerns don’t appear to have played a role in the move. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link), Seattle’s decision to cut ties is simply a football transaction, and is mostly based on the fact that the Seahawks prefer Rawls. Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (Twitter link) concurs, noting that Prosise has added a new dimension to Seattle’s offense while Michael has “regressed as a runner.”
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