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October 5, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Seattle running back Christine Michael waiting for his chance

Christine Michael is healthy again. Now he just wants to be active.

But as Seattle prepares for Monday night’s game at Washington, there’s no guarantee that Michael will be on the 46-man gameday roster, even though the pesky hamstring injury that bothered him earlier in the season is now history.

The Seahawks have done well so far with just three running backs on gameday — tailbacks Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin and fullback Derrick Coleman. And with six receivers that figure to be active and needs elsewhere, Seattle may again go with just three running backs against Washington.

Coach Pete Carroll hinted at that potential outcome earlier this week when asked about Michael.

“Yes, he’s ready to go,” Carroll said early this week. ?He has been for a week now. It’s good to get him back more than just for some time. We got to get accustomed to him being out here and getting him the reps. It’s hard to get on the roster right now for guys, we’re in pretty good health; we’re fortunate for that but he’s really ready to get going and wants to play badly as you can imagine. So we’ll see what happens.”

Michael was one of the stars of the off-season, drawing praise for his improved mastery of the playbook and conditioning. And one of the themes of the off-season was the potential that Michael and Turbin could see more carries this year with Lynch turning 28 and his long-term future with the team uncertain.

After a one-week holdout, though, Lynch has been as good as ever, and as noted here last week, he is getting 59.7 percent of Seattle’s rushes so far, almost the same as last year’s 59.1. In other words, Lynch remains the “bell cow” of the running attack.

Turbin has also played well and has held the backup job since the beginning of camp.

Michael, meanwhile, had a tough beginning to the preseason with fumbles in the first two games. Then, he hurt his hamstring a couple of days before the preseason finale against Oakland and was out for the first two regular season games, as well.

“It happened the Wednesday before the Oakland preseason game,” Michael said this week. “It was tough on me. I went back out a week after that. I thought it felt good and then I felt it tweak a little in the same spot. So I sat out for 11 days. It was actually good before the Denver game but unfortunately I didn’t get much practicing in and I didn’t have the gameplan all down. So hopefully I can go now.”

Michael cancelled plans to go home to Beaumont, Texas during the bye week to stay in Seattle and make sure he remained healthy.

“I just wanted to keep on the same track of maintaining my leg so it (the injury) won’t come again,” he said of deciding to stay in Seattle for the bye. “And just trying to prevent it from coming back up.”

Michael said getting hurt shortly before the season was “tough man. But I live to see another day.”

He also said he understands the competition at the spot and the tough decisions the coaches have about who is active on gameday.

“It’s such a great offense,” he said. “We have such great guys that compete well. I’m just trying to fit in. Come out here and get better every day and show the coaches they can count on me/ Stack good practices and good plays and try to contribute whatever I can.”

And while the on-field news may not be quite what he hoped so far this season, Michael has nothing to complain about it off of it. He recently got engaged to his longtime girlfriend. The only potential complication? His fiancee wants the wedding in January near her birthday. That, though, could — and Michael hopes — conflict with a playoff game.

“I told her if it gets in the way we are going to have to postpone it and pick it back up,” he said. “She’s fine with it. We’ll work it out.”



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