The Seattle Seahawks first pick in this year's draft had a grand debut Thursday night. Christine Michael, running back out of Texas A&M, amassed 89 yards on 16 carries in a preseason win over the San Diego Chargers. After a shaky start, Michael's performance turned heads in the second half as he gained 66 of his 89 yard total. Unfortunately, the rookie running back will now be forced to miss some time due to back spasms.
“It might be a little bit before we get him back up,” said Seahawks Head Coach, Pete Carroll (via The News Tribune). “We’re working on him.”
Michael suffered from a number of injuries while in college; including a broken leg and torn ACL in consecutive seasons, but had remained healthy throughout training camp.
Meanwhile, second-string RB, Robert Turbin, returned to practice on Sunday, freshly activated from the PUP list. He and Marshawn Lynch combined to form one of the most lethal backfields in the NFL last season. His return lessens the blow to Seattle's running back corps.
Michael is a stellar athlete with game changing ability, and when healthy, is extremely difficult to slow down. However, Seattle will not rush his return, especially with Turbin back in the lineup. With his superb talent and potential, he will have a chance to contribute to the Seahawks for many years to come. But for now, he will remain out of commission.
Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks/2013/08/11/rb-michael-sits-with-back-spasms-ol-carpenter-out-for-at-least-two-more-weeks/#storylink=cpy
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