Originally written August 15, 2013 on NFL Injury Report:
Seattle Seahawks running back Robert Turbin has returned to practice following his activation from the PUP list, according to Danny O' Neil from ESPN Seattle. Turbin missed the first 10 days of training camp with a sore foot and has been anxiously awaiting doctor’s clearance to get back on the field. With the Seahawks drafting running back Christine Michael out of Texas A&M in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Turbin’s absence is now even more notable. Turbin was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft out of Utah State. He spent last year as the No. 2 back behind Marshawn Lynch, frequently showcasing his rugged running style and receiver-like hands. However with the addition of Michael, it is unclear exactly where Turbin will fit into the backfield this year. He has proven to be a very capable receiver in his short tenure with Seattle and he also excels in pass-protection. This makes him a likely candidate for third-down responsibilities. Further muddying the situation, however, is the fact that Turbin is also a big back with excellent speed and a great feel for the Seahawks one-cut-and-go running scheme. It’s clear that Marshawn Lynch is the lead back in this group, but Turbin and Michael will surely earn a good amount of playing time if they can remain healthy. With the way coaches in Seattle are raving about these two young backs, it is also quite possible that Pete Carroll considers them the heir-apparent in Seattle. It would come as no surprise if team management was already anticipating the possibility of a Marshawn Lynch injury with his style of running. Plus with the pieces the Seahawks have in place, an insurance plan at running back may be the difference between making the playoffs and having a monumental letdown. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?
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