Seahawks Add Running Back Depth, Sign Troymaine Pope to Practice Squad

Pope played for the Seahawks during the 2016 season and most recently spent time with the Texans during the preseason.

The Seattle Seahawks have brought back a fan favorite from a few seasons ago, and no, it's not yet Bruce Irvin.

While fans hope Irvin will reunite with the franchise that drafted him in the first round back in 2012, Seattle added depth at running back by re-signing Troymaine Pope to the practice squad. To make room for him, the Seahawks released tight end Tyrone Swoopes.

Pope signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Jacksonville State prior to the start of the 2016 season. Competing for a roster spot in a loaded backfield, he endeared himself to Seattle fans by playing outstanding football during the preseason, rushing 24 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Unable to beat out Christine Michael, Thomas Rawls, Alex Collins, and C.J. Prosise, Pope was waived in early September and quickly claimed by the Jets. After seeing a single carry in New York, he eventually returned to the Seahawks and rushed 11 times for 43 yards in three games before succumbing to a season-ending ankle injury.

Since being waived by Seattle in May 2017, Pope has struggled to find a new home, spending a brief time period on the Colts practice squad and failing to earn a roster spot this preseason with the Texans.

Seattle could be without the services of starting running back Chris Carson, who re-aggravated a hip injury in Sunday's 25-17 loss to Los Angeles. Pope provides an experienced option on the practice squad if the Seahawks need backfield reinforcements on the active roster later this season.

The Seahawks also made a switch on the 53-man roster on Tuesday, promoting cornerback Kalan Reed from the practice squad and waiving linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee.

Reed previously appeared in seven games for the Titans during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, recording one tackle and a pass defensed. The former Southern Miss standout will provide insurance in the secondary with veteran Neiko Thorpe still dealing with a groin injury.

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