Christine Michael has joined Washington's practice squad.
The 2013 second-rounder was unable to carve out a significant role with the Cowboys after being acquired from the Seahawks earlier this season, but he'll now provide Washington with added backfield depth in event of a running back injury.
Christine Michael was released by the Cowboys on Tuesday, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.
A 2013 second-round selection with a rare combination of size and speed, Michael didn't get much playing time during his tenure with the Seahawks, and he was eventually traded to the Cowboys in September. He was also a non-factor in Dallas, getting just 16 touches in five appearances. Michael will surely get another shot in the NFL, but there's little reason to believe that he'll earn anything more than a reserve role.
Christine Michael had five carries for 20 yards and could not grab either of his two targets in Sunday's 13-12 loss to Seattle.
Facing his original team, Michael was once again a non-factor, outside of a nine-yard run at one point. He also dropped at least one pass. Meanwhile, Darren McFadden handled the ball 26 times, racking up 113 yards from scrimmage. Even with Joseph Randle (oblique) inactive, Michael wasn't involved much, which doesn't inspire confidence for the rest of the season.
Christine Michael had just five carries for 18 yards and caught his lone target for two yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Giants.
Starter Joseph Randle hurt his back early in the game, and did not return, opening the door for veteran Darren McFadden to rush for 152 yards on 29 carries. While it was disappointing to see Michael get so little work, he still received the most significant action of his Dallas Cowboys ' career, ripping off a 13-yard run at one point. Michael probably offers the most long-term upside of the three runners, although he's raw and inexperienced, and the coaching staff seems to not fully trust him yet, at least based on his usage Sunday. He'll have a tough matchup in Week 8, facing a Seahawks' defense that has been above average against the run this season.
Dallas Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown said Thursday that the team was "going to take the reins off" running back Christine Michael , the Dallas Morning News reports.
The former Seahawk has just two carries in two games this year, but with the running game and the entire offense struggling without Tony Romo (collarbone) and Dez Bryant (foot), Dallas has little to lose by giving Michael a larger workload even if he doesn't completely supplant Joseph Randle as the starter.
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