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Seahawks Coach Weighs In On Decision To Cut Leading Rusher

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The Seattle Seahawks’ rushing attack ranks 30th in the league this season, averaging just 77.7 yards per game. That production is a far cry from 2015, when Seattle averaged 141.8 yards per game on the ground, third-best in the NFL. So it came as a surprise to many around the league when the Seahawks waived leading rusher Christine Michael on Tuesday. It didn’t take long for Michael to find work, as the running back-starved Packers swooped in Wednesday to claim him off waivers.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll tried to shed some light Wednesday on why the team cut a player who led the team in rushing yards (469), carries (117) and rushing touchdowns (six). “It’s really about the guys coming into their opportunity,” Carroll told reporters. “C.J. [Prosise] did a really good job. He’s doing things we like to see in him. We look forward to continue to grow with him.”

Prosise, a rookie out of Notre Dame, had a breakout game against the Patriots on Sunday night, rushing for a career-high 66 yards and adding 87 receiving yards in the Seahawks’ win. “Thomas [Rawls] is coming back ready to play,” Carroll said. “And we’re really excited about that one. We’ve all been waiting to see that happen. We really have liked Pope from the time we had him,” Carroll said. “We missed out on getting him back when we had to release him in camp. Now that we got him back and he’s in the fold, we’re anxious to see what he can do.”

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