Pope rushed for 31 yards on seven carries, including a late-game touchdown plunge, in Sunday's preseason game against the Lions. He added a 25-yard reception during the contest.
Pope is already on his fourth team since entering the league last year and has an uphill battle to even stick in Indianapolis with Frank Gore, Robert Turbin and rookie Marlon Mack ahead of him. The team's interest in keeping Gore fresh and Mack's nagging shoulder injury leaves the door cracked for Pope, however, and a few more games like Sunday could land him a niche role down the line.
Pope's signing with the Colts came in the wake of running back Christine Michael (undisclosed) being moved to injured reserve. Pope saw action in a combined four games with the Seahawks and Jets last season, totaling 44 yards on 12 attempts. He'll have a chance to earn a role as a depth running back with Indianapolis in 2017.
Pope (ankle) was waived by the Seahawks on Wednesday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Pope shined in the 2016 preseason with Seattle, rushing for 162 yards on 24 carries, and was actually let go by the Seahawks before being claimed by the Jets, but was ultimately waived by the Jets and re-signed to the Seahawks before landing on injured reserve with an ankle injury. The fact he wasn't waived with an injury designation suggests he's since recovered.
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.
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