Well, no one saw this coming. The Seahawks have waived running back Christine Michael, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). To fill his spot, the Seahawks signed defensive tackle Sealver Siliga.
The release of Michael is a pretty good indication that Thomas Rawls is back and ready to rock. The expectation was that Rawls would draw a good share of the carries along with C.J. Prosise, leaving Michael as the No. 3 RB. Instead, it turns out that he is out of the picture altogether.
Michael bounced around in 2015 before returning to Seattle, where he enjoyed some success. Michael averaged 4.9 yards per carry with the Seahawks in a limited sample last year, a big improvement over his flat 3.4 per rush with the Cowboys earlier in the season. This year, Michael split the difference with a 4.0 yards per carry average, though he did add 20 catches for 96 yards across his nine games.
Because the trade deadline has passed, every player who is cut must pass through waivers. Therefore, each club will have its shot at claiming Michael in the next day or so, in reverse order of standings.
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