Pope (ankle) signed his exclusive rights tender with the Seahawks on Tuesday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. Pope will remain with the Seahawks, where he spent the entirety of last season. The 23-year-old only played in three games for the team due to an undisclosed ankle injury. The Seahawks currently have 10 running backs on their roster, so Pope will likely need to prove he's healthy in order to claim a spot on the 53-man roster this season.
Pope (ankle), an exclusive rights free agent, was tendered by the Seahawks, 247Sports.com reports. Pope finished the 2016 campaign on injured reserve, but when healthy, the explosive tailback will compete for slotting on the depth chart behind Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise (shoulder).
The Seahawks placed Pope (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR reports. Pope previously missed just one game as a result of a high-ankle sprain, which he aggravated Sunday in Green Bay, according to head coach Pete Carroll. "He's got a pretty severe ankle sprain," Carroll confirmed Monday. Already without C.J. Prosise (shoulder) until at least the postseason, the Seahawks' backfield will be the domain of Thomas Rawls, with Alex Collins and Kelvin Taylor in reserve.
Pope aggravated his ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Packers, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN in Seattle reports. Pope had just one carry for 12 yards before exiting Sunday's contest with an ankle injury. Rookie Alex Collins filled in as the Seahawks' No.2 running back behind Thomas Rawls, but Seattle had to move away from the run game in the second half after falling behind by several scores. More information on Pope's status should be available when the Seahawks release their first injury report of the week. It is worth noting, however, that Seattle will have a short week before returning to action Thursday against the Rams. If Pope is still not fully healthy by Thursday, Collins will likely fill in as the Seahawks' second running back once again.
Pope, who returned quicker than expected from an ankle injury, rushed for 28 yards on eight carries Sunday in a win against the Panthers. Pope reportedly suffered a high-ankle sprain Week 11, but he surprised doctors with a quick recovery. He jumped Alex Collins on the depth chart to back up Thomas Rawls on Sunday, while Collins was inactive. Rawls briefly left the game with an injury. If he misses time, Pope, who also had one catch for five yards, looks like the backup with George Farmer as the third-down back.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/10||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.42|
|2||09/17||San Francisco 49ers||33||27.13|
|5||10/08||@Los Angeles Rams||14||16.63|
|7||10/22||@New York Giants||7||14.88|
|12||11/26||@San Francisco 49ers||33||27.13|
|15||12/17||Los Angeles Rams||14||16.63|
|3 Year Avg||12||44||0||1||5||0||4|