A day after Christine Michael was released by the Seattle Seahawks, he was immediately picked up by the Green Bay Packers. With his new team, the running back will certainly serve as the replacement for Don Jackson, who recently suffered a season-ending injury.
Yesterday, the Seahawks decided to release Michal from its roster. Although the team did not provide the exact reason behind its decision, the Seahawks may have moved to release Michael due to his declining performance on the field.
Fortunately for Michael, he was immediately signed by the Packers following his departure from Seattle, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed.
Based on recent reports, Michael's availability came at a very timely manner for the Green Bay franchise especially since they recently lost running back Jackson to an injury.
According to CBS Sports, Jackson suffered a knee injury during a practice session on Wednesday, the same day that Michael was released. After a medical examination, Jackson was ruled out for the rest of the 2016 NFL season, which then prompted the Packers to place him on injured reserve.
Before Michael was signed to replace Jackson, the Packers found themselves in need of new running backs due to the lack of depth in their roster. Aside from Jackson, running backs Eddie Lacy and John Crocket are also on the team's injured reserve.
This placed the team in a very tight spot especially now that they need an effective rusher who could balance out the Packers' offense.
"I always want to run the ball more, but I also want to throw it 55 times a game, too," Packers coach Mike McCarthy told ESPN. "That's the way games are. You have to run the football."
"Everything starts with running the football," he added. "You can't extend your offensive line and your pass-protection unit the way we have. Running the football is very important for a number of different reasons."
Michael's first game with the Packers will be on Sunday when the team face off against the Washington Redskins. He will serve as the backup to starting RB James Starks. Hopefully, Michael's presence will be able to improve the record of the Packers.