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Seahawks using a cornerback at running back on Thursday

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Things are getting so bad at running back for the Seattle Seahawks that they had to turn to the defense for carries on Thursday. After Brandon Cottom (apparent torn Achilles) and Zac Brooks (sore hamstring) were sidelined for the latest practice, head coach Pete Carroll knew that they couldn’t over-work Christine Michael or Alex Collins while Thomas Rawls (ankle), C.J. Prosise (hamstring), and Tre Madden (shoulder) were also unavailable.

That meant having to look to the defense for someone who might be able to take some hand-offs, and they found it with a player who had already switched sides of the football once before: Cornerback George Farmer.

Farmer played wide receiver at USC and was recruited by Carroll before he left for Seattle. Unfortunately, his career was beset by unfortunate circumstances (a spider bite literally held him back going into his sophomore season) and injuries (ACL and MCL torn in 2013) and Farmer caught just 25 passes for 314 yards as a junior. That didn’t deter him from declaring for the NFL Draft and going unselected. However, Carroll called him after he was let go by the Dallas Cowboys and moved Farmer over to the defensive side of the ball.

On Thursday, Carroll needed Farmer to do him a favor and go back. Where will he be playing on Friday?

The team re-signed running back Cameron Marshall on Thursday.