Christine Michael Injury Updates

The Colts announced Wednesday that they have re-signed RB Christine Michael. The 27-year-old joined Indy last offseason but went on IR after suffering an injury in June minicamp. Michael's notable at the moment only because the Colts backfield looks far from set. Frank Gore is a free agent who doesn't look like he'll return. That leaves Marlon Mack, Robert Turbin, Josh Ferguson and Matt Jones with Michael at the moment. Indy should be adding to that group early in the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Colts placed RB Christine Michael on IR. He lasted just 2 weeks on the active roster. No word on Michael's injury, but at least we won't need to waste any more words on him this year. Robert Turbin and rookie Marlon Mack will battle for backup duties behind Frank Gore.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Seahawks RB Christine Michael is expected to play tonight against the Patriots. He joined the injury report Friday with a hamstring issue. Seattle has intimated that RB C.J. Prosise might find more work. RB Thomas Rawls is nearing a return from injury. But Michael remains the top RB play for Seattle until the team shows us someone else can get to double-digit carries. The New England matchup is poor for Michael's fantasy value this week.

Seahawks RB Christine Michael was added to Friday's injury report as limited with a hamstring issue. He's questionable for Sunday night's game vs. the Patriots. We'll hopefully get an update on his status on Sunday morning. But Michael was already a shaky Week 10 fantasy option as a big road underdog against a tough New England run defense. RB C.J. Prosise could be in for a bunch of action.

The Seahawks have signed RB C.J. Spiller. The 29-year-old was cut by the Saints after being a healthy scratch in Week 1. He averaged just 3.7 yards per carry and 6.9 yards per catch over the previous 2 seasons. Spiller should step in as Seattle's passing-down back but won't see more than a handful of touches behind Christine Michael. And he'll need to hold off C.J. Prosise once the rookie gets over his hand injury.

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls is dealing with a hairline fracture to his fibula, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The injury was originally deemed a contusion and a strain, but it's obviously more serious than that. Rapoport says Rawls is expected to miss "a few weeks." RB Christine Michael might have full control of the backfield by then.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Wednesday that RB Thomas Rawls (leg) is "on track" to play against the 49ers this weekend. Carroll described his injury as a "slight strain on the side of his leg." We'll see exactly how Seattle divvies work between Rawls and Christine Michael after Michael was the better back for the 2nd straight game last week. Consider Rawls a risky RB3 or flex, despite the plus matchup.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll was happy with RB Christine Michael's Week 2 performance, despite a costly late-game fumble. "He hit it really well," Carroll said. "He looks like he shot out of a cannon. He’s really quick. He’s just getting going. I think he’s really going to get better and more efficient. He had the unfortunate turnover, but other than that he really hit it really well. He must be averaging 5 yards a carry or something. First two games, that’s pretty good." Michael is in fact averaging exactly 5 yards per carry. The rest of Seattle's RBs are at 1.05, including a 1.3 mark for Thomas Rawls. Michael is even beating Rawls in yards after contact, 2.32 to 1.11. With Rawls now dealing with a leg injury, it's time for Seattle to see what Michael can do as the lead back.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll announced Friday that RB Christine Michael will start this weekend's opener against the Dolphins. RB Thomas Rawls will come off the bench. This doesn't tell us a whole lot about the workload distribution, but it jibes with what we heard earlier this week. Rawls is expected to be limited coming off last year's severe ankle injury, but his volume might ultimately come down to how he's feeling and performing during the game. Consider both Rawls and Michael risk/reward fantasy plays in a plus matchup.

Seahawks insider Bob Condotta confirms that Thomas Rawls remains Seattle's starting RB. "That's never been in dispute that he's the starter when healthy," Condotta writes. The "when healthy" qualifier is important. Rawls is returning from a serious ankle injury, has only been practicing for a few weeks and probably won't get any preseason reps. Don't bank on a workhorse role early on this season. And if Rawls falters, RB Christine Michael looks ready to take on a bigger role.

Seahawks RB Christine Michael sat out of practice Monday as he continues to deal with a hamstring issue.  The situation doesn't matter too much even if you drafted Michael, because he'll carry little value as long as Marshawn Lynch is healthy.  But a persistent injury would only make it tougher for Michael to push Robert Turbin for backup duties behind Lynch, a role that could certainly come into play this year given the veteran's mileage.

Seahawks RB Christine Michael is dealing with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason finale, per HC Pete Carroll.  Between this news and Michael's inability to pass RB Robert Turbin on the depth chart, his fantasy stock has taken a hit over the past month.  We'd still expect him to be the lead dog in Seattle's backfield if Lynch went down, but it's clear that Turbin would also play a significant role.

The Christine Michael love has been flowing lately.  We just found a video of a Seahawks scout raving about the team's 2nd-round pick.  Michael "jumps off the tape," the scout said.  "He's a really explosive back... runs through arm tackles, real good balance on contact... he's got a lot of talent."  The scout also lauded Michael's "short burst, athleticism, power and speed," adding that "he fits our scheme."  The video is chock-full of analysis on Michael's game.  You can check it out here.  Michael dropped to the 62nd overall pick of April's draft because of attitude concerns and an injury history that includes a broken leg and torn ACL.  From a pure talent perspective, though, this guy is a 1st rounder.  We don't consider him a threat to Marshawn Lynch's starting job this season, but it could be a different story as soon as 2014.  This year, Michael could quickly pass Robert Turbin for backup duties.

Texas A&M RB Christine Michael landed in a tough spot for his fantasy football value.  Seattle drafted the former Aggie late in Round 2.  That places Michael squarely behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin.  NFL Network's Mike Mayock calls Michael the most physically gifted RB in his class.  Perhaps he can pass Turbin on the depth chart if he lives up to that potential. But Lynch is signed through 2015.  It'll take at least 1 injury to make Michael fantasy relevant.


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