Coleman signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports. Coleman last played for the Seahawks in 2015. Legal troubles prevented him from taking the field last season. He joins the Falcons alongside fullback Soma Vainuku, as the two will compete for a starting gig with the reigning NFC champions. In 31 games (seven starts) over three seasons with the Seahawks, Coleman recorded 11 receptions for 91 yards with two receiving touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 10 times for 35 yards.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he will ride the hot hand between Coleman, Bryce Brown and Christine Michael in Sunday's game against the Browns, the Seahawks' official website reports. With Fred Jackson locked in as the passing-down back, the Seahawks have three options to share the early-down workload. Carroll's comments perhaps offer some hope that Coleman could actually have a significant role, but the fullback is still the least promising option among the bunch. Carroll hasn't named a starter.
Coleman, who played tailback at UCLA, could be in the mix for running back carries with Thomas Rawls out for the season, the Seattle Times reports. DuJuan Harris got most of the work after Rawls was injured Sunday against the Ravens. Normally a fullback, Coleman broke a 19-yard run in his lone carry Sunday. The Seahawks also signed Bryce Brown on Monday to compete for carries. Harris and Brown figure to get most of the work.
The Seahawks have placed Derrick Coleman (foot) on injured reserve, ending his season. He fractured his foot during pregame warmups in Week 7. To replace Coleman on the active roster, the team signed wide receiver Phil Bates off the practice squad.
The lengthy injury report released by the Seahawks on Friday for the Sunday game at Carolina has only ruled-out players and probables. There are no surprises in either designation. All those who are out did not practice this week. That group consists of fullback Derrick Coleman (foot), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (ankle), cornerback Byron Maxwell (calf), tight end Zach Miller (ankle), center Max Unger (foot), linebacker Bobby Wagner (toe) and wideout Bryan Walters (concussion). The probables are defensive end Michael Bennett (toe), strong safety Kam Chancellor (ankle), cornerback Tharold Simon (ankle), running back Robert Turbin (shoulder) and tight end Luke Willson (groin).
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