Sunday was Eddie Lacy’s turn to be a healthy inactive on the Seahawks’ carousel of mothballed running backs.
The Seahawks saved $62,500 of the veteran’s weekly bonus cash for being active on game days. That’s how up against it the team is against the salary cap.
This was the third game Lacy has been inactive this season. The splashiest signing off Seattle’s offseason--to a one-year contract guaranteeing him $2,865,000--has gained just 179 yards over 69 carries (2.6 yards per rush) in nine games.
Mike Davis, claimed in the spring off waivers from San Francisco, remained the new lead back one month after his promotion from the practice squad.
Seattle’s running backs have struggled all season to produce; the team’s rushing game entered Sunday had been Russell Wilson scrambling for most of his team-leading 432 yards rushing on scrambles away from pass rushers.
Seattle essentially entered the weekend with 50 available players on the 53-man active roster. Carroll has already said strong safety Kam Chancellor (neck) and right guard Oday Aboushi (shoulder) are out for the season. But the Seahawks have yet to put either on injured reserve because it would take money to sign a new player to fill their roster spot; IR players continue to get paid their base salaries and count fully against the cap.
And defensive end Dion Jordan missed his third consecutive game Sunday with a neck-stinger nerve issue.
Seattle is likely waiting for running back Chris Carson to be healthy enough to come off IR and replace either Chancellor or Aboushi on the roster at no extra cost against the cap. But coach Pete Carroll said Friday Carson, the rookie lead back before his ankle injury and surgery in early October, had a setback in his recovery.
So Carson remains on IR indefinitely.