Christine Michael to Packers: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

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Nov 13, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA;  Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael (32) is tackled by New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium.  The Seattle Seahawks won 31-24.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
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The Green Bay Packers announced they have claimed running back Christine Michael off waivers on Wednesday. In a corresponding roster move, the team placed running back Don Jackson on injured reserve. 

On Thursday, Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett commented on Michael, per Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, "I think he's explosive, quick. He has good balance, breaks tackles."

The Seattle Seahawks cut Michaelwho was in his second stint with the teamon Tuesday.

Through nine games this season, he has recorded 469 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Michael was expected to be Seattle's No. 2 rusher this season following Marshawn Lynch's retirement and Thomas Rawls' emergence.

But after Rawls went down in Week 2 with a hairline fracture in his fibula, Michael was thrust into a prominent role, garnering a lion's share of the carries. However, rookie C.J. Prosise has run well this season, including Sunday, getting more carries than Michael, against the New England Patriots

Rawls is set to return Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to John Boyle of the team's official website, making Michael expendable, especially after he began struggling. From Weeks 8 through 10, the 26-year-old Michael carried the ball just 20 times for 63 yards.

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ESPN's Adam Caplan noticed a change in his running style:

Still, the Packers were in need of insurance at running back with Eddie Lacy on the injured reserve list because of an ankle injury. In his absence, they've had to rely on James Starks, who is averaging 2.4 yards per carry, and wide receiver Ty Montgomery.

Adding a natural rusher to serve as another option shouldn't hurt the 4-5 Packers, who are attempting to stay afloat in the NFC North after losing four of their last five games. 


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