At 6-5, the slow-starting Seattle Seahawks still have a very legitimate chance to make the NFC playoffs as a Wild Card team. However, the blows to the team’s depth keep coming: after appearing in just one game this season, the team has placed second-year wide receiver Paul Richardson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
Seattle selected Richardson with the 45th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, after the team traded out of the first round with this week’s opponent, the Minnesota Vikings. Last year, Richardson’s rookie season, started slow but finished strong: after catching 14 passes for 104 yards through Seattle’s first twelve games, Richardson caught 15 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown over the Seahawks’ last four regular season games, all of which were victories. In Seattle’s playoff-opening victory over the Carolina Panthers last January, Richardson tore his ACL after making one catch for 21 yards.
Richardson made it back onto the NFL field in just ten months, catching one pass for 40 yards in Seattle’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals on November 15. That will be his only statistical production for the season after sustaining a hamstring injury in the same game. At age 23, Richardson’s injury history is getting unfortunately lengthy: he tore his ACL midway through his 2011 sophomore season at the University of Colorado, which caused him to miss the entire 2012 season.
The Seahawks announced that they are filling Richardson’s roster spot with practice-squad call-up RB DuJuan Harris, who could see carries behind Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson, with Marshawn Lynch still injured. Since 2011, Harris has appeared for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers, averaging 4.5 yards a carry on 59 career carries.