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Seahawks make Byron Maxwell official, promote RB Mike Davis

Byron Maxwell spent four seasons in Seattle before leaving as a free agent in 2015. (AP)

The Seahawks have signed cornerback Byron Maxwell to help bolster the secondary following the loss of Richard Sherman to a season-ending Achilles injury. The team also announced Tuesday the promotion of running back Mike Davis from the practice squad.

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Sherman and running back C.J. Prosise were placed on the injured reserve list in a corresponding move. Prosise had been battling a high ankle sprain throughout the season, but injured his opposite ankle in Seattle’s Week 10 win over the Cardinals.

Davis, 24, was originally signed to Seattle’s practice squad in September after putting together a solid preseason. He finished with 104 yards on 24 attempts (4.4 Y/A) and five receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown through four games. He’ll add depth to an otherwise depleted running back group that includes J.D. McKissic, Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy.

Maxwell, 29, was originally drafted by the Seahawks in 2011 and spent four seasons in Seattle before signing with Philadelphia. He was traded to Miami in 2016, though was eventually released in late October 2017. Seattle may have gotten a deal on Maxwell, who is still being paid a $8.5 million base salary by the Dolphins (more on that here).