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Seahawks release veteran RB C.J. Spiller; re-sign FB Will Tukuafu

02 OCT 2016: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) talks with Seattle Seahawks running back CJ Spiller (28) prior to the game between the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford,NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
Photographer: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

The Seattle Seahawks must feel comfortable with the health of rookie running back C.J. Prosise. On Wednesday, the team announced the release of veteran running back C.J. Spiller. Replacing him on the roster will be fullback Will Tukuafu, as the team announced that he has been re-signed to the roster.

Spiller, previously of the Buffalo Bills, was brought into Seattle a few weeks ago after several injuries to their running back group. The former Pro Bowler played admirably for them in the limited time he got. His career with the Seahawks now ends with three rushing attempts for nine yards and five receptions.

Ultimately his release is a direct result of Prosise, a third round pick out of Notre Dame this year, finally being healthy. He returned this past week against the Cardinals after an injury kept him out of the lineup since Week One and he immediately took over the third-down duties from Spiller. The Seahawks are extremely fond of the rookie, so it wasn’t a surprising move.

“He is a guy that I fell in love with because when I went back and watched him play at receiver, he ran all of the routes,” head coach Pete Carroll said about Prosise this offseason. “He was a regular receiver. He had 50 targets or something two years ago. He’s a natural football player at that position that became a running back. That’s really unusual that happens like that and that he would be so dynamic as a player at the running back spot.”

With the open roster spot, the team brought back Tukuafu after a few games away from the team. He was released earlier this season after spending the last two seasons in Seattle.

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