Four days after impressing as a kick returner in his Seahawks debut, running back Godwin Igwebuike has been elevated from the practice squad for Thursday night's game against the 49ers.
Igwebuike, who signed to Seattle's practice squad earlier this season, was elevated for last weekend's game against the Panthers, and taking over kick return duties, he gained 104 yards on three returns, including a 50-yard return that helped set up a touchdown at the end of the first half, and a 35-yarder that led to a field goal to open the second half.
"He did great," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the game. "I thought he was a real surprise for us today to pop up like that, and he looked great at it. He was tough and fast and explosive and all of that. He will get another look."
Igwebuike, who came into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern in 2018, was a safety in college and to begin his professional career before switching to running back with the Lions last season. After not returning kicks in college or early in his NFL career, Igwebuike began returning kicks last season for Detroit, gaining 697 yards on 28 returns with a long of 47 yards.
Prior to last week, kick return duty was handled by receiver Dee Eskridge, who is on injured reserve, and running back DeeJay Dallas, who missed last week's game with an ankle injury and who is questionable for Thursday's game.
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