The flurry of roster moves the Seahawks made Tuesday include the re-signing of tight Chase Coffman, an indication that starter Luke Willson’s rib injury could impact his immediate availability.
Seattle also waived running back DuJuan Harris, wide receiver B.J. Daniels and safety Akeem Davis. Additionally, Seattle announced three moves that coach Pete Carroll had previously either confirmed or said were imminent. Linebacker Brock Coyle was activated off injured reserve/designated for return, running back Thomas Rawls was placed on injured reserve and Bryce Brown was re-signed to take his place.
Those four subtractions and three additions leave the Seahawks with an open roster spot.
Coffman is back for his second stint with Seattle this season. He was first signed two weeks ago then waived last week. Coffman was inactive for the one game he spent on Seattle’s roster. The Seahawks brought back Anthony McCoy after waiving Coffman last week.
Carroll said Monday afternoon that Willson had an MRI earlier in the day to determine the severity of the rib injury he sustained in Seattle’s win over Baltimore. Carroll hadn’t seen the results of that MRI by the time he met with the media.
The Seahawks have already lost Jimmy Graham to a season-ending knee injury. Cooper Helfet is the other tight end of Seattle’s roster.
Waiving Harris increases the likelihood that Brown will become Seattle’s primary ball-carrier with Rawls done for the season due to a broken ankle and still no word on when Marshawn Lynch will return from abdominal surgery, though the Seahawks could use their open roster spot on another running back.
Carroll said Monday that Brown would compete with Harris for that job, with 34-year-old Fred Jackson remaining in the third-down role he’s handled all season. Carroll also said Derrick Coleman, who’s normally a fullback, could earn some carries as well.
Daniels has been on and off Seattle’s roster all season. The Seahawks have four wide receivers on their roster now that he’s been waived again.
Davis was signed last week as a reinforcement on special teams, which he played Sunday against Baltimore. The knee injury that had sidelined Coyle earlier in the season was part of the reason Seattle felt it needed help there, but he’s back after spending the requisite eight weeks on short-term IR.
The Seahawks also made three practice-squad moves Tuesday, releasing wide receiver Antwan Goodley, defensive tackle Justin Hamilton and linebacker Alex Singleton.