The Seahawks took a step Saturday to backfill the almost assured absence of lead running back Thomas Rawls on Sunday against San Francisco, and perhaps that of third-down back C.J. Prosise, too.
Seattle signed second-year free-agent running back Terrence Magee off its practice squad to the open spot it had on the 53-man active roster. The Seahawks signed Magee earlier this week to the practice squad.
The 5-foot-9, 215-pound Magee was an undrafted rookie last season for Baltimore, out of LSU. He played in four games for the Ravens but only carried the ball twice, for 5 yards. He’s also spent time since with the Los Angeles Rams.
Christine Michael will be the lead back in Rawls’ place. Michael, rookie fifth-round pick Alex Collins and now Magee will be the three running backs on the roster Sunday.
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The Seahawks still don’t have a true fullback on its roster, after releasing veteran Will Tukuafu this week.
The Seahawks list Rawls as doubtful to play with what coach Pete Carroll said Friday is a strained muscle high in the shin. Rawls got hurt in the second quarter of Seattle’s loss last weekend at the Rams. He missed the final 2 1/2 quarters and did not practice this week.
Prosise has a broken bone in his hand. The rookie third-round draft choice from Notre Dame is listed as questionable after practicing this week with a protective device over the hand. He missed last week’s game. Catching passes, his main job, will be a challenge for him Sunday, if he plays.