Late last week it was reported that the Seattle Seahawks were set to play special teams Ace Neiko Thorpe on injured reserve, as he would require surgery to address the sports hernia that had been bothering him. The team did not make that move last week, however, and Thorpe remained on the roster through Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams, for which he was inactive.
It appeared as though Thorpe was being kept on the active roster until this week when offensive lineman Ethan Pocic is eligible to return from injured reserve to the 53-man roster. Whenever there is a player returning from IR, there is always the question of who will lose their roster spot as a result of the once-injured player's return. For Seattle, though, the situation appears to be easy: Thorpes to injured reserve and Pocic to the active roster.
That all changed on Sunday night against the Rams, though. Obviously, Rashaad Penny went down early in the Week 14 game against the Rams with a knee injury that we have since learned is a torn ACL, along with other damage to the knee. Thus, the Hawks now have both Thorpe and Penny set to be moved to injured reserve, but only Pocic set to come back to the 53 man roster.
Thus, the question becomes who the team will add to fill the soon to be vacant spot. Running back seems to be the obvious position of need, with just C.J. Prosise and Travis Homer behind Chris Carson, but Seattle doesn't currently have a running back on their practice squad. Bo Scarbrough and J.D. McKissic, both of whom were with the team for at least part of last year and training camp this season are both now with the Detroit Lions, so they are not options. The Hawks will get the chance to hang out and have dinner with 2018 backup running back, Mike Davis, this weekend in Charlotte it they want, where he's currently buried at third on the depth chart after being claimed off waivers from the Bears, but he's also unavailable since the trade deadline has passed.
That all means it seems appropriate to start looking around and seeing which running backs might be available. Could the Seahawks give one of the former Texas Longhorns who are currently free agents a look? Both Chris Warren and D'Onta Foreman are out there, but neither has done much in the NFL. Donnell Pumphrey, who started for San Diego State in each of the three seasons he and Penny were together with the Aztecs is now a teammate of Kristjan Sokoli on the D.C. Defenders of the XFL, and therefore unavailable. Former Seahawks backfield mates Alex Collins and Thomas Rawls are both free agents as well, however, it appears that ship has likely sailed as well.
In any case, be on the lookout for news that the team has had a running back, or running backs in for workouts because they have a need and will have a roster spot that needs to be filled.