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Packers claim Christine Michael off waivers, per report

After the Seahawks let Michael go, the Packers swooped in.

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In need of aid in their injury-depleted backfield, the Green Bay Packers have made a significant midseason addition. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the team has claimed running back Christine Michael off of waivers.

Despite James Starks returning this past weekend, the Packers determined that they required additional help to spark the running game. Enter Michael, who has rushed for 469 yards and six touchdowns on 117 carries so far this season.

To make room on the roster, Green Bay has placed backup running back Don Jackson on injured reserve, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Michael began the year with the Seattle Seahawks, becoming the starter when injuries sidelined Thomas Rawls and rookie C.J. Prosise. Michael played well, averaging well over 4 yards per carry during the team’s early stretch and establishing himself as a viable weapon out of the backfield.

However, Michael’s productivity slowed after his hot start and with Rawls and Prosise returning to health, the Seahawks made the surprising choice to release him.

Rawls has played for multiple teams prior to arriving in Green Bay, including a stint with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington. He entered the league in 2013 as part of the same draft class with Le'Veon Bell and Eddie Lacy.