Seahawks Sign Alex Collins & Mychal Kendricks To Practice Squad

The Seahawks added depth at running back by bringing back 2016 fifth-round pick Alex Collins.


After playing last week's game with only one fully healthy running back, the Seahawks added depth at that spot on their practice squad, signing Alex Collins on Wednesday.

The Seahawks also re-signed linebacker Mychal Kendricks to their practice squad one day after releasing him.

Also on Tuesday, the Seahawks released veteran tight end Luke Willson. A fifth-round draft pick in 2013, Willson, a longtime fan-favorite, re-signed with Seattle last season after spending 2018 in Detroit. Willson had played sparingly this season behind Greg Olsen, Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister, and the Seahawks added even more depth at tight end when rookie Colby Parkinson was activated off the non-football injury list last week. Willson could be a candidate to stick around on the practice squad, as teams are allowed up to six veterans with any amount of experience on the practice squad this year.

That open roster spot is filled by defensive end Carlos Dunlap II, who was acquired in a trade with Cincinnati last week. The Seahawks were given a roster exemption for Dunlap since he was unable to play last weekend due to the league's COVID-19 testing protocols, but he now is on the 53-man roster and is expected to practice this week.

The Seahawks still have one open spot on the roster following the suspension of defensive end Damontre Moore for six games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Collins, who the Seahawks drafted in the fifth-round of the 2016 draft, appeared in 11 games as a rookie, then spent the next two seasons in Baltimore after the Seahawks released him prior to the start of the 2017 season. Collins' best season came in 2017 when he started 12 of 15 games played, leading the Ravens with 973 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 212 carries.

The Seahawks played last week's game with only two running backs, rookie DeeJay Dallas and second-year back Travis Homer, and Homer was used very sparingly due to a knee bruise. With Chris Carson (foot) and Carlos Hyde (hamstring) still dealing with injuries, Collins provides some depth the Seahawks could call up from the practice squad if needed.

Kendricks, Seattle's starting strongside linebacker last season, signed to the practice squad two weeks ago, then was released Tuesday. Also released from the practice squad Tuesday was linebacker Michael Divinity.

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