The Seahawks on Tuesday waived receiver B.J. Daniels to make room on the 53-man roster for free agent running back Bryce Brown.
The Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday waived wide receiver B.J. Daniels to make room on the 53-man active roster for running back Bryce Brown, who was signed as a free agent.
The move may have been necessitated by a calf contusion injury suffered by running back Thomas Rawls Thursday against the 49ers. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Rawls could be back this week but also said the team could have to wait and see how he responds.
“He’s got a contusion on his calf that a couple extra days will help him,” Carroll said of Rawls, who did not have a carry after the midway point of the third quarter. “He has a chance to be ready for the week. We’ll have to wait and see. It’ll probably be Thursday before we can try him.”
Seattle may simply be adding depth at the spot to assure for anything that might happen with Rawls and also could add another receiver to the roster this week with the return of Paul Richardson to practice, though adding him to the 53-man roster would require releasing or waiving another player.
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Daniels could be re-signed to the practice squad.
Daniels, who was converted to receiver from quarterback last spring, has one catch for 12 yards this season and also has played on special teams, making a tackle on a kickoff return in the San Francisco game. He was also released two weeks ago to make room for cornerback Crezdon Butler and then re-signed when Derrick Coleman was suspended following a car accident.
Brown, a four-year veteran, has played in 39 games over the 2012-14 seasons with Buffalo and the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 1,004 yards on 26 attempts, including 126 on 36 with the Bills last season when he played in a backfield that also included Fred Jackson, also now a backup for the Seahawks.
The 6-foot, 220-pound Brown was released by the Bills on Sept. 15 and has been a free agent since then, though he had reported tryouts with the Jets and Patriots, among others, in the interim.
Brown has had issues with fumbles, losing four in his career.
Seattle now has six running backs on its roster: Brown, Jackson, Rawls, Marshawn Lynch and fullbacks Coleman and Will Tukuafu.
The waiving of Daniels, meanwhile, leaves five receivers: Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett, Ricardo Lockette and Chris Matthews. But as noted above, Richardson could be ready for Sunday’s game at Dallas. Seattle does not have to add him to the active roster until Saturday for him to be able to play Sunday.
Brown was regarded as one of the top high school running backs in the country in 2009 but had somewhat of a checkered college career that included one year at Tennessee and then a brief stint at Kansas State before turning pro.