One of the emotional leaders on the team, the Seattle Seahawks appear to have parted ways with fullback Michael Robinson, according to the player's Twitter feed.
Robinson's release is not official, but it is expected.
Robinson, 30, had missed the last two preseason games due to illness. And his $2.5 million in base salary would have made Robinson the highest paid fullback in the league.
Seattle has other options to use at fullback, including second-year pro Derrick Coleman and rookie Spencer Ware. The Seahawks also have used tight end Zach Miller at fullback at times when Robinson has been injured.
As Curtis Crabtree of KJR-AM notes, the Seahawks could sign Robinson after Week 2 if he's still available to a non-guaranteed contract, therefore taking on less risk. However, with the loss of Robinson and Leon Washington earlier during the offseason, the Seahawks' veteran leadership is shrinking.