Updates from Sunday, Oct. 19
The Seahawks announced Christine Michael's status for Week 7:
RB Christine Michael & WRs Paul Richardson & Kevin Norwood are active. #SEAvsSTL— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 19, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Oct. 12
Christine Michael remains out for Week 6, as Around the NFL indicates:
Christine Michael is a healthy scratch again for the Seahawks. Center Max Unger, WR Paul Richardson also inactive.— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) October 12, 2014
Updates from Monday, Oct. 6
Christine Michael's playing status for Week 5 against the Redskins has been determined according to the Around the NFL Twitter account:
Christine Michael is inactive again for Seahawks. He has yet to step on the field this season after dealing with a hamstring injury.— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) October 6, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 19
ESPN Radio's Liz Matthews has an update on Michael:
#Seahawks RB Christine Michael made it through the week and is ready to play.— Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) September 19, 2014
Updates from Monday, Sept. 15
Pete Carroll updated Christine Michael's status on Monday (via Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk):
Carroll says RB Christine Michael and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis will be back at practice Wednesday and will fully participate on Thursday.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) September 15, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 12
Stephen Cohen of seattlepi.com has the latest on Michael:
#Seahawks’ Carroll: Christine Michael and KPL not working with team. Out for Sunday.— Stephen Cohen (@scohenPI) September 12, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10
ProFootballTalk.com's Curtis Crabtree has an update on Michael's status:
Seahawks Injuries: DNP: RB Michael (hamstring), LB Pierre-Louis (hamstring), CB Simon (knee). Limited: TE Helfet (knee).— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) September 10, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN provides an update on Christine Michael's status in the Seattle Seahawks' regular season opener:
#Seahawks RB Christine Michael OUT vs GB.— Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) September 3, 2014
The depth in the Seattle Seahawks backfield behind Marshawn Lynch looks a little worse for wear now that Christine Michael is on the shelf with a hamstring injury.
In a time of the preseason when most staffs around the NFL are trimming rosters, coach Pete Carroll and the front office have made an addition to compensate for Michael's injury, according to ProFootballTalk.com's Curtis Crabtree:
Seahawks have re-signed RB Demitrius Bronson as Christine Michael tweaked a hamstring yesterday and won't play vs. Raiders.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) August 27, 2014
Michael, 23, was the team's second-round pick in the 2013 draft and was pegged by many as arguably the most talented in the entire class. As a rookie he spent most of his time on the bench, though, logging just 18 carries for 79 yards in three games while fellow backup Robert Turbin tallied 77 totes for 264 yards.
Much of the reason Michael sat by the wayside in his debut season, outside of the obvious, was his apparent lack of focus. He puts it best, via Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times:
Honestly, I wouldn’t say I was a complete pro. Especially not like I am now. I wasn’t putting the preparation in last year. It was all about running the ball, trying to score. But now it’s more of a team mindset. Everybody has a job to do out here, and everybody has their part. You have to play your part.
Michael remains third on the team's official depth chart for the time being, although that has as much to do with the talent in front of him as it does the dramatic learning curve. He had a strong preseason over the course of three games, which saw him post 23 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown to complement seven receptions for another 56 yards and a score.
He is still a critical piece of depth, especially considering Lynch had a brief holdout this offseason and has 285 or more carries in each of the past three seasons. Should he go down with an injury, a Turbin-Michael committee was all but a sure thing.
For now, the Seahawks will lean on Turbin behind Lynch with Michael's injury not sounding all too serious. Demitrius Bronson is a camp body who was actually cut Monday, but gets one final shot to impress the team and earn a job.
Statistics courtesy of ESPN.