The Seattle Seahawks have placed fullback Derrick Coleman on the injured reserve, ending his season.
Coleman broke his foot in pregame warmups in St. Louis before the Seahawks took on the Rams and was expected to miss six weeks or more. The move means that Coleman won’t play again this season and that Robert Turbin will likely fill in as a fullback when needed.
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With the move the Seahawks were able to promote WR Phil Bates from the practice squad to the active roster.
Although the team is able to carry 53 players on their roster, only 46 are allowed to be active for a game. According to their injury report after Friday’s practice, which included Coleman, they had seven players listed as out. Now that Coleman is on the IR, one healthy Seahawks will have to sit.
Coleman is a fan favorite in Seattle thanks to his passionate play and his ability to overcome a disability that most would find to much to deal with in a sport that relies heavily on vocal communication. Coleman is legally deaf, but that hasn’t stopped him in becoming a professional football player on a Super Bowl champion team.
With Turbin filling in and TE Luke Willson healthy again, expect to see the Seahawks use more players in the fullbacks blocking role. The offensive line has been hit hard with injuries to Max Unger and Russell Okung. Unger remains out and Okung has been playing with a torn labrum since Seattle defeated Denver in Week 3.