The Seahawks added Justin Forsett to their roster today, elevating Forsett from the practice squad. Forsett, a rookie running back, can return punts and kickoffs.

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Seattle signed rookie running back Justin Forsett to the 53-man roster today, promoting him from the team’s practice squad.

The Seahawks released Michael Bumpus, former Washington State wide receiver, to make room for Forsett.

Forsett was a seventh-round pick by Seattle in April’s draft and became a popular player with his play during the exhibition season. He made the 53-man roster to begin the season, but was released the second week when the Seahawks began running out of wide receivers.

The Seahawks had hoped to sign Forsett to the practice squad after releasing him, but the Colts signed him instead. He played three games with Indianapolis as a kick returner before he was released after Week 5. The Seahawks re-signed Forsett to the practice squad last week, and this week promoted him to the 53-man roster, presumably to play on special teams as a returner. Forsett can return both kickoffs and punts.

Bumpus, who caught a touchdown pass in Seattle’s victory over St. Louis, was returning punts for the Seahawks. He was added to the 53-man roster earlier this season because of the shortage at wide receiver. He played the slot receiver in three-receiver formations, a position now filled by Bobby Engram, who has returned from injury. The Seahawks could still sign Bumpus to their practice squad so long as he is not claimed by another team.