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Packers Claim RB Christine Michael Off Waivers From Seahawks, Vikings Also Placed A Claim

Update:

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Vikings also placed a waiver claim for RB Christine Michael on Wednesday. However, the Packers had the higher waiver priority.

The Vikings’ running game has also been disappointing since Adrian Peterson when down with an injury early on in the season, so it’s not all that surprising to hear that they too were on the lookout for help at running back.

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Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the Packers have claimed RB Christine Michael off of waivers from the Seahawks on Wednesday.

The Seahawks elected to cut Michael loose on Tuesday, as they started C.J. Prosise last weekend and are getting Thomas Rawls back this week. However, it was still surprising to see them move on from Michael after he looked pretty good earlier in the year.

According to Adam Caplan, the Seahawks elected to move on from Michael because Rawls will be back this week, Prosise had surpassed him, and he regressed as a runner this season.

The Packers have been in need of running back help for a several weeks now and Michael was clearly the best available option right now, so this move makes a lot of sense for them.

Michael, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2013. He was traded to the Cowboys at the start of the season for a conditional seventh-round pick.

He was in the third year of his four-year, $3.374 million rookie contract when the Cowboys cut him last year. After clearing waivers, the Redskins signed him to their practice squad before releasing him in December.

The Seahawks elected to bring him back last year and he returned to the team on a one-year, $765,000 contract.

This season, Michael has appeared in nine games and rushed for 469 yards on 117 carries (4 YPC) to go along with 20 receptions for 96 yards receiving and seven total touchdowns.