Seahawks Sign RB Wayne Gallman Jr. To Practice Squad, Place S Josh Jones On IR

With injury concerns at running back adding up, the Seahawks added veteran running back Wayne Gallman Jr. to the practice squad Tuesday.

New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman in action against the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Larry Maurer)

The Seahawks added running back depth on Tuesday, signing veteran Wayne Gallman Jr. to the practice squad. Defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt was released from the practice squad to make room for Gallman.

Additionally, safety Josh Jones was placed on injured reserve after leaving last weekend's win over the Rams with a hamstring injury.

Gallman gives the Seahawks a third running back on the practice squad along with Godwin Igwebuike and Darwin Thompson, depth the Seahawks need with all but one of their four running backs on the 53-man roster dealing with an injury. Travis Homer missed last week's game due to a knee sprain, then starter Kenneth Walker III left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter of Sunday's win in L.A. Later in the second quarter, DeeJay Dallas injured his ankle, though he was able to fight through the injury and finish the game, splitting time with Tony Jones Jr., who was playing his first offensive snaps since joining the Seahawks. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that he did not yet know the status of any of those three injured running backs for this week's game against the Panthers.

Gallman, a fourth-round pick out of Clemson 2017, appeared in 53 games over four seasons with the Giants, including 10 starts in 2020 when he rushed for a career-best 682 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. That 2020 season included a career-best 135-yard performance against the Seahawks at Lumen Field. Gallman, who also spent time with Minnesota and Atlanta last season, has rushed for 1,548 yards and nine touchdowns in 61 career games. Most recently Gallman spent time on Kansas City's practice squad before being released last week.

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