Of course, the Seahawks have played just one preseason game in 2018, but C.J. Prosise cannot stay healthy for any games, it seems. It may be time to part ways with the running back.
The Seahawks missed C.J. Prosise in their first preseason game of 2018. On Thursday against the Colts, Prosise couldn’t play with what general manager John Schneider called “a little hip injury.” Prosise needs to show he can play at this point to make the team this year. But he hasn’t.
And the problem isn’t that Prosise missed the game on Thursday. It is that the running back has missed 21 of 32 games that count during his first two seasons. This training camp he appeared to be healthy and ready to show he can play. But can Prosise can play nearly every game?
The Seahawks most likely will keep four running backs and a fullback. This means that Prosise is in a roster battle with Mike Davis and J.D. McKissic for the number four back. Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson are givens to make the team, of course.
Seattle cannot afford to have players on the team who may or may not be able to produce. Carson got hurt in his first year. But he gets a pass because what he was able to accomplish against a bad rush-blocking line was much better than any other running back Seattle had early in the season in 2017. Prosise played behind the same line in limited games and did nothing.
The issue with Prosise is that he does have potential. What he did against the Patriots in New England in 2016 was impressive and was a huge reason Seattle won that game. But he got hurt the next week after a long run against the Philadelphia Eagles and hasn’t been the same since.
Prosise has size and speed and has shown flashes of brilliance in his short career. But he also doesn’t seem to be able to play through pain. He hasn’t proven he can at this point anyway. Prosise missing the first preseason game of 2018 isn’t helpful. Seattle should go with running backs who will be active most Sundays. Prosise is not that.