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Troymaine Pope “shocked” trainers, could return this week, replace Alex Collins

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Seattle Seahawks running back Troymaine Pope does a lot of shocking. He shocked people at Jacksonville State by running for over 1,700 yards last year. He shocked Seahawks fans by becoming their favorite running back of the preseason. He was shocked by his release during final cuts. He shocked us all by returning a few weeks ago. The latest shock though is a welcome one, as trainers are “shocked” by the fact that he might return from a high ankle sprain after missing only one game.

Shock is a funny word to me now.

If Pope returns, I don’t expect him to replace George Farmer, who the team added from the practice squad last week following injuries to Pope and C.J. Prosise. Farmer is a third down back and seemed to do quite well. Instead, I think he’d take the place of rookie Alex Collins on game day and be Thomas Rawls main backup on first and second down. I think Collins has not done enough to be on the active 53-man roster at this point, at least not ahead of Pope.

Seattle hosts the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night. The Panthers are second in rushing yards allowed and first in yards per carry allowed.