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October 25, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Seattle Seahawks promote WR Phil Bates, put Derrick Coleman on IR

The Seattle Seahawks have made a roster move today, putting fullback Derrick Coleman on Injured Reserve and promoting receiver Phil Bates to the 53-man roster to take  his place.

Coleman broke his foot during pre-game warmups last Sunday in St. Louis and had surgery on Wednesday, which coach Pete Carroll had said would take at least six weeks to heal. Putting him on IR means his season is over.

Robert Turbin is expected to fill in for Coleman as the fullback, though the Seahawks can also use tight ends and extra tackles to get fullback-style blocking, as well. Turbin also played a lot of fullback last week at St. Louis and said this week he will fill whatever role the team needs.

Coleman was one of seven Seattle players declared out for the game on Friday. Seattle has to declare seven inactives, so with Bates now on the roster and Coleman off, there will be one healthy inactive Sunday against Carolina.

Coleman ends what was his second season with Seattle with no carries,, but two receptions for 29 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown in the opening win against Green Bay. Coleman is under contract through 2015.

Bates has been a regular on the practice squad the past two seasons but as on the active roster for the opener against Green Bay, though he did not play, and has yet to see action in an NFL regular season game.

Bates’ promotion again gives Seattle seven receivers on its active roster, the number it had for most of the year before the trade last week of Percy Harvin.

Bates did a little work at fullback prior to the 2013 season, but has been a receiver since then. However, with Seattle thin at fullback, maybe that’s something they can call on Bates to do a little of, as well. However, this is likely more related to helping out on special teams, where is a void now with Coleman out.

 

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