RENTON –With his construction belt again hanging in his locker – which is again next to pal Marshawn Lynch’s – fullback Michael Robinson was happy to be back in the Seahawks’ locker room.
“You miss Sundays,” Robinson said. “You really do. I almost became one of you guys (reporters).”
Robinson officially re-signed with the Seahawks on Tuesday after being cut just before the season, a casualty of his $2.5 million salary and his inability to stay on the field during preseason because of illness.
He was with the team from 2010-12 as a fullback and special teams captain the last two seasons. He made the Pro Bowl in 2011.
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Robinson’s path back to Seattle had help from outside circumstances. He lives in Arizona, so he saw Derrick Coleman injure his hamstring against the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday. Coach Pete Carroll said Coleman might be out 4-6 weeks.
Robinson said he watched every game, so he knew Spencer Ware (ankle) was already hurt. The Seahawks moved Ware to injured reserve to make space for Robinson on the 53-man roster.
Robinson said he texted Coleman on Thursday to see if he was all right. The next day, Seattle general manager John Schneider called Robinson and asked him something similar.
That was a key question.
Robinson said he woke up Aug. 17 before the Seahawks’ exhibition against the Denver Broncos and felt like he had the flu, but nothing much more than that.
Eventually, he was off the field and he would go on to drop 30 pounds. Considering he was ill and his $2.5 million salary would be a sizeable hit to the Seahawks’ cap, the team released him.
Robinson said he saw it coming. He also said he had a good talk with Schneider and Carroll when they told him the news. Robinson said those two told him they would bring him back if they had an opportunity . He was not upset.
“I’m a realist,” Robinson said. “I knew that I needed to be on the field to keep my job. I knew what my salary was. I know the business of this game. I knew there was a big chance that I would be let go. I was just hoping and praying that I would get a chance to come back and get to work.
“Been in this game eight years, playing in the National Football League. If you think there is loyalty in this game, that’s your fault. It’s a business. You’ve got to understand that.”
Robinson’s main concern after getting cut this year was his health. He dropped down to 212 pounds, was admitted to the hospital twice, and had liver and kidney concerns.
Robinson was taking a prescribed anti-inflammatory twice a day. He said he became dehydrated and had the flu, which kind of put together a “perfect storm” for him.
He went to the hospital once, then was readmitted a couple days later and said doctors told him he should have never left in the first place.
Once he felt better, after about two weeks, he had tryouts with the Tennessee Titans and the New York Giants. He said he didn’t like the Giants’ situation (read losing every week), then Titans quarterback Jake Locker was injured, forcing Tennessee to make other roster moves and eschew the fullback position.
And so, a myriad of outside circumstances later, he’s back in Seattle.
Robinson said he now feels great and he’ll be ready to go Monday.
“Let’s get some,” he said.
TATE, OTHERS STILL HURT
Wide receiver Golden Tate didn’t finish practice Tuesday, Carroll said. Tate sprained his foot and injured his shoulder against the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday night. Carroll said Tate’s foot is fine, but his shoulder is still hurting him.
Right tackle Breno Giacomini, who had knee surgery Sept. 30, is still a few weeks away from playing.
“We don’t have a real clear timeline on that one,” Carroll said. “It’s going to take him a couple (of) weeks after we get him on the practice field before he’s ready to play, and he’s not ready for that yet.”
Left tackle Russell Okung, who had a toe injury which put him on the short-term injured reserve list, can’t return until the Nov. 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings. He’s on pace to start practice in two weeks.
2 JOIN PRACTICE SQUAD
The ever-evolving Seahawks practice squad added wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and guard Zach Allen on Tuesday. Wide receiver Josh Lenz was released.