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October 23, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Could Fort be answer for Seahawks at fullback?

When Seattle signed LJ. Fort to its practice squad on Tuesday, the assumption was he would play the same position he had earlier in his NFL career — linebacker.

Instead, the Seahawks have plans to use Fort as a fullback, a spot where they currently don’t have a healthy player with Derrick Coleman having surgery on his broken foot.

Fort played 16 games at linebacker for the Browns in 2012 and most recently had been with Denver before being released prior to the season. But he hadn’t played running back much since high school other than a few goal-line plays while at Northern Iowa.

Fort said he came to Seattle this week thinking the team was looking at him as a linebacker. But during his tryout, he said, the team decided to see if he could play fullback, as well.

“(Seahawks coach) Pete (Carroll) said, ‘We want to try you at fullback,'” Fort said. “They were saying I was catching the ball well, so they wanted to go with me on offense.”

Fort, asked how practice went, said “It felt awesome to run the ball. It reminded me of my high schools days. I’ve been studying like crazy to learn the plays.”

Fort played in high school at Waynesville, Mo., and said he grew up with Seattle right tackle Justin Britt — he’s been spending the last few nights with Britt learning the plays.

“It’s a whole different world (playing offense),” he said. “But it’s cool that I play defense that I know what the defense is trying to do.”

Fort also said he’ll do whatever it takes to get back in the NFL, saying he had just been in Denver waiting for calls from teams since being cut by the Broncos.

As noted, Fort is on the practice squad, so he would have to be called up to the active 53-man roster to get in a game.

But Coleman, who is likely out at least six weeks, remains on the 53-man, so the Seahawks could make a move at some point if they don’t think he’ll make it back with enough season to make it worth leaving him on the active roster all season.

 

 

 

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