Veteran Adrian Peterson Signed To Seattle Seahawks Practice Team

Pete Carroll is confident that veteran running back will give a respite to the battered Seahawks roster

SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks will take a look at Adrian Peterson to see what they could get out of the veteran Hall of Fame running back.

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters Wednesday that the Seahawks signed Peterson, 36, to their practice squad as a potential reinforcement for their battered running corps.


Adrian Peterson will go to the Seattle Seahawks; Carroll thinks he can help his battered backfield. Getty

“I’m excited to see if he can help us and give us something,” Carroll said. “He’s a player I’ve known forever, from his high school days, and I admired him tremendously throughout the years. I was always disappointed that we didn’t get him back in his day, but like I just told you, we finally got it. So I’m really looking forward to seeing how he fares and where he can fit in. He’s an incredible competitor and a great guy, so I’m really looking forward to giving him a chance to get on the field with our guys. “

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Adrian Peterson was released last week by the Tennessee Titans, who signed him after losing star Derrick Henry to a broken foot. He rushed in 27 times for 82 yards and a touchdown in three games.

Carroll declined to comment on what Peterson could add to Seattle’s backfield, saying he needs to see him practice first. The Seahawks (3-8) are in what Carroll described as “on the mend” in practice these next few days as they prepare to host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, having lost to Washington Football Team on Monday Night Football. ”.

“I have to wait and see how he does here. I watched the videos and I have seen him play. He plays as tough and aggressive as ever, so I can’t wait to see what he adds to the club. He’s excited about that too.”

Peterson ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,902 career rushing yards. He spent his first 10 seasons with Minnesota and then he spent seasons with Arizona, New Orleans, Washington and Detroit before the most recent in Tennessee.

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The Seahawks rank 25th in the league with 92.5 rushing yards per game. They have been without their favorite number one running back, Chris Carson, since Week 5 due to a neck injury that required surgery and ended their season. Alex Collins has started in his absence and has only surpassed 50 yards rushing once in that seven-game span.

Collins and DeeJay Dallas combined for 18 rushing yards on 10 carries against Washington while Rashaad Penny (hamstring) and Travis Homer (calf) were inactive. Unselected rookie Josh Johnson was elevated from the practice team for that game, but he only played on special teams.

The Seahawks’ loss to Washington virtually eliminated their chances of reaching the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

Carroll was asked about the idea behind adding Peterson rather than giving a younger running back like Johnson a shot.

“We are trying to prepare to win this game,” Carroll explained. “So I’m going to see if Adrian has something to offer us. Just with his presence and his toughness, he brings something. So let’s see what happens. We’re just trying to get the combination right. Rashaad has played and we’re concerned that he will come back and relapse. Homer has been beaten and we are not sure about him this week either. “

The Seahawks made two more additions to their practice squad Wednesday with catcher Cade Johnson and free safety Elijah Benton. Johnson was previously on the Seattle practice team.