Despite the players' off day Tuesday, the Seahawks were busy revising their roster, waiving numerous players and adding tight end Chase Coffman. Here's the full rundown.
The Seahawks made a flurry of roster moves Tuesday, and the most the noteworthy were the release of tailback DuJuan Harris and the re-signing of tight end Chase Coffman.
They also placed running back Thomas Rawls on injured reserve (ending his season), waived receiver B.J. Daniels and safety Akeem Davis, announced the signing of running back Bryce Brown and activated linebacker Brock Coyle from injured reserve.
The Seahawks have one open spot on their 53-man roster.
Harris figured to compete this week with Brown for the starting-tailback spot with Rawls out and Marshawn Lynch recovering from abdominal surgery. Coach Pete Carroll talked about Harris on Monday and said “he did fine.” Carroll added that Brown and Harris would have something of an open competition to take over the carries this week.
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The Seahawks still might be pursuing another running back now with a roster spot open.
The re-signing of Coffman, who was released last week after spending the previous week with the team, could be related to a rib injury suffered in Sunday’s game by Luke Willson.
Willson was to have an MRI exam on the ribs Monday, though Carroll said he did not at that time have the results back.
“He got hit in the ribs,’’ Carroll said Monday. “He had bruised ribs. As a matter of fact, I don’t know the extent of that because his MRI was at noon and we haven’t heard back yet. We thought going in he had bruised ribs.”
Coffman was on the Seahawks’ active roster for the Minnesota game but did not play and was released last week when the Seahawks brought back Anthony McCoy. Coffman originally was signed after the season-ending injury to Jimmy Graham.
Harris had 42 yards on 18 carries in Sunday’s 35-6 victory at Baltimore. But he also fumbled at the Baltimore 5-yard line in the second quarter to kill a Seahawks drive.
Carroll said Sunday he thought Harris “ran hard’’ and added that after the fumble “he did a fine job of taking care of the football.’’
But Carroll on Sunday also seemed to hint that there was a difference in how the running game looked with Rawls and with Harris, saying “we had really good spacing early. Thomas hit everything. Every run he had he had spacing. And then it didn’t seem like it was there. I’ll have to look at the film, but he ran hard and played tough.’’
Carroll also said Monday that fullback Derrick Coleman could get some time at tailback — he had 19 yards on one carry late against the Ravens.
Carroll noted that carry on Monday when asked about the running back spot saying: “After Derrick busted out, he’s going to get some shots too. He looked pretty good the other day.”
The Seahawks also have veteran Fred Jackson, though Carroll said Monday he hoped to continue using Jackson primarily as a third-down back. Jackson had 15 yards on seven carries Sunday.
Coffman has played in 36 games since 2010 with the Bengals, Falcons and Titans before being released by the Titans this season.
Coffman played at Missouri where in 2008 he won the John Mackey Award as the best tight end in college football. He was a third-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2009. But he suffered an ankle injury that helped derail his rookie season. He played for Atlanta in 2012 and had one catch for 16 yards in the Falcons’ 30-28 divisional playoff win over Seattle that season, a play that moved the ball to the 1-yard-line to set up an Atlanta touchdown in the first quarter.
Coffman has 14 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown in his career.
The Seahawks also activated linebacker Coyle from the injured reserve list and placed him back on the 53-man active roster. One player a year can be put on IR with the designation to return, and Coyle was that player for the Seahawks this year.
Davis was signed last week to help on special teams and add depth at safety. He played on special teams against the Ravens but did not have any stats.
If Daniels clears waivers he could end up back on Seattle’s practice squad, as has happened once already this season. He has two catches for 12 yards this season.
The release of Daniels leaves the Seahawks with four receivers — Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett and Kevin Smith.
The signing of Coffman has Seattle with four tight ends on the roster — Willson, Cooper Helfet, McCoy and Coffman.
The Seahawks also released Antwan Goodley, Justin Hamilton and Alex Singleton off their practice squad.