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Seahawks sign RB Bo Scarbrough, place Jordan Simmons on IR

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With news that Rashaad Penny could miss this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seattle Seahawks have signed running back Bo Scarbrough off of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad.

We’ll have more on Scarbrough later this week from Roll Bama Roll writer Brent Taylor, but here’s a few things to know:

Scarbrough signed with Alabama as a five-star recruit in 2015 with many expecting him to be the Tide’s next Heisman winner. That never came to fruition. He tore his ACL before his freshman year, He had 18 carries that season. As a sophomore, Scarbrough took 125 handoffs and gained 812 yards with 11 touchdowns as the backup to Damien Harris, as well as quarterback Jalen Hurts, who rushed for 954 yards. In his third and final season in Alabama, Scarbrough had 596 yards on 124 carries, an average of 4.8 per attempt.

Despite a disappointing career, Scarbrough entered the NFL draft early and was selected in the seventh round by the Dallas Cowboys. Despite a seemingly good situation with the Cowboys offense, Scarbrough was cut and the team went with two running backs to open this season. He was signed to the Jaguars practice squad on October 11 and has remained there.

At the combine, Scarbrough ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at 228 lbs. He had a 10’9 broad jump and a 40” vertical.

For now, there’s no indication that the Seahawks won’t be fine with Chris Carson and Davis, nor do we know for sure that Penny can’t go, but this seems to be a sign that the team is at least concerned that they’ll need depth there for Sunday’s game. We haven’t been notified yet as to who Scarbrough is replacing on the 53.

Update: The Seahawks have placed Jordan Simmons on IR to open the roster spot. Simmons missed three seasons at USC with a knee injury and again it seems his knee is costing him opportunities.