Seattle running back Robert Turbin recently had hip surgery, as first reported by FoxSports.com. But he is expected to be ready for the 2015 season.

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Seattle running back Robert Turbin had surgery recently on his hip, the team has confirmed. FoxSports.com first reported the news.

But the expectation is that Turbin will be ready for the 2015 season, and likely ready for the beginning of training camp in late July.

Turbin is expected to again compete with Christine Michael for a backup running back spot behind Marshawn Lynch while also serving in a niche role in the team’s two-minute offense (he was particularly a big factor in that role at the end of the first half).

Turbin is entering the final season of his initial four-year rookie contract and can be an unrestricted free agent following the 2015 season.

A fourth-round pick out of Utah State in 2012, Turbin has rushed for 928 yards on 231 carries, playing in all 48 regular season games the last three seasons. He also has gained 128 yards on 37 carries in eight playoff games. He scored two touchdowns last season, both receiving, including Seattle’s only TD of the game in its 19-3 Thanksgiving night win at San Francisco.

The Seahawks begin Organized Team Activities on May 26 and Turbin will undoubtedly sit those out, which will make it interesting to see how the running back snaps will be divvied up. Lynch often sits those out even if he is in attendance (they are voluntary). Lynch signed a new deal in March, paying him $12 million in 2015, so there’s no question about who is Seattle’s starting tailback heading into the season. But there remains the question of how long Lynch will be a Seahawk beyond 2015 and this has been viewed by many as a key year for Turbin and Michael to state their case an the heir apparent.

There are three other running backs on the team’s current roster, all originally undrafted free agents — Demitrius Bronson, Thomas Rawls and Rod Smith. However, Bronson (hamstring) and Smith (foot) were each sidelined for most or all of the team’s rookie mini-camp last weekend.

Seattle also has three fullbacks on its roster in Derrick Coleman, Will Tukuafu and Brandon Cottom.