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He’s back! Pete Carroll says Seahawks have signed RB Christine Michael

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Christine Michael #33 of the Seattle Seahawks stretches prior to Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Christine Michael #33 of the Seattle Seahawks stretches prior to Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said running back Christine Michael has been re-signed to the Seahawks 53-man roster to bolster an offensive backfield thinned by injuries to Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls.

Carroll made the announcement Wednesday afternoon at a Seahawks news conference. The Seahawks traded Michael to Dallas at the end of training camp after he lost out to Rawls for the backup spot to Lynch.

“We just brought Christine Michael back in,” Carroll said. “He’s here today with us, he was available so we got a chance to get him back. The familiarity and the background that he has gives him a chance to help us. We’ve always saw him as an explosive player, so we’ll see how that works out.”

Michael played in 14 games in two seasons with the Seahawks, rushing 52 times for 254 yards. He served primarily as Seattle’s third back behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin.

“I’ll let you know at game-time how the whole running back thing will work out, but we’re glad to get him back,” Carroll said of Michael. “With Bryce Brown coming back, too, we had a couple weeks with him as well, so he has some background in what we’re doing, so we’ll see how that comes together.”

Michael’s return is a surprise after the trade seemed to cut all the ties with Seattle. He was drafted in 2013 with the idea that he could eventually be Lynch’s replacement but never matched the potential he flashed at Texas A&M. Michael had 52 carries for 254 yards in his two seasons with Seattle. Michael appeared in five games with Dallas this season and had 51 yards on 15 carries.