Seattle Seahawks rookie RB Christine Michael has played in just one game this season, but he did get some significant carries in that game against the bottom-feeder Jacksonville Jaguars with nine carries for 37 yards. Since then, Michael hasn’t played, and the only reason why he got on the field was because it was garbage time against the Jags (the Seahawks weren’t going to keep Marshawn Lynch in there) and Spencer Ware was out.
Michael showed a lot of promise in that game, but it’s clear that he’s barely going to get touches as a rookie. Lynch is the focal point of the offense, and the Seahawks aren’t going to take away their workhorse back’s carries. Robert Turbin is locked in as the Seahawks change-of-pace back right now.
Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports that the Seahawks have added Michael to the injury report for Monday night’s game against the St. Louis Rams. Michael was not able to practice yesterday with an illness, and we’ll know more about his status after tomorrow’s practice when the official injury report is released. Consider Michael iffy for Monday night’s game, but he would have only played in garbage time in the case of a giant blowout against the Rams. Michael looks like he’ll be a solid starting running back in this league someday, but that day won’t come as long as Lynch is in front of him.