The Seattle Seahawks have really just not been able to field a consistently healthy running back group for several seasons, and 2021 is no exception.
Chris Carson is on injured reserve with a neck injury, Rashaad Penny is coming off of injured reserve this week, and now Alex Collins is on the mend after his 101-yard rushing performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Even with Seattle keeping five running backs on the active roster, here we are with the position very much in need of depth.
NFL insider Doug Kyed reported on Tuesday that the team brought in two backs for a workout, including a somewhat familiar name if you followed the offseason closely.
With injuries at the position, the #Seahawks worked out free-agent running backs B.J. Emmons and Dexter Williams today.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) October 19, 2021
Emmons actually signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent but was eventually waived before preseason began. He later signed with the Las Vegas Raiders and even scored a touchdown in preseason against Seattle, but didn’t make final roster cuts and wound up on the practice squad (and was released from there last month).
Williams played for the Green Bay Packers from 2019-2020 and amassed just seven carries for 19 yards. The former Notre Dame player was most recently on the New York Giants practice squad, but was released in late September.
The expectation is that Penny will be ready to play on Monday against the New Orleans Saints, but Collins is a little less clear at this point. If Collins isn’t a certainty to play, then Penny may at long last get his first NFL start.