By Brady Henderson
The Seahawks had an obvious option to replace their latest injured offensive starter.
The team has announced the return of fullback Michael Robinson, a Seahawks starter from 2010-2012 who was released at the end of training camp as Seattle went with Derrick Coleman instead. Coleman’s hamstring injury opened the door for Robinson’s return.
Michael Robinson was Seattle’s starting fullback and a special-teams mainstay from 2010-2012. (AP)
“Immediately, you think of his leadership,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell told 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Danny” on Tuesday when asked about Robinson’s return.
“You also think of his experience that he’s had in our offense and throughout the league as well. He’s been a Pro Bowl-caliber player, so it’s definitely a big boost for us in terms of that position went down but I don’t think we’re going to lose anything because of who we’re picking up.”
The Seahawks placed rookie fullback Spencer Ware on injured reserve on Tuesday, clearing up a spot on the roster for Robinson. Ware has been dealing with an ankle injury and hasn’t appeared in Seattle’s last five games. The team also made practice-squad moves, signing wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and guard Zach Allen and releasing wide receiver Josh Lenz.
Robinson, 30, missed Seattle’s last two preseason games with an unspecified illness that threatened his availability for the regular season. That — along with his age and $2.5 million salary — likely were factors in Seattle’s decision to release him.
Coach Pete Carroll left the door open to a potential return, which the Seahawks apparently began considering when Coleman left Thursday night’s win over Arizona. Robinson took a physical on Monday and was signed on Tuesday.
“Sign, sealed and delivered! Finally back at work! Thanks 12th Man for all your support,” Robinson tweeted Tuesday.
Lockette, 27, returns to the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Nicknamed “The Rocket” for his blazing speed, Lockette appeared in the final two games of that season and caught two passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Lockette was released from Chicago’s practice squad on Monday. He spent much of last season and this preseason with San Francisco.
“Proud to be a Seattle Seahawk again,” Lockette tweeted Monday.