Sources told ESPN that the Seattle Seahawks have introduced a free agent who ran back to Alex Collins to begin testing for COVID-19, and may add him to their practice team as early as next week.
The source said that Collins arrived in Seattle on Thursday night to begin testing on Friday. The NFL̵
Collins was selected by Seattle in the fifth round of 2016, spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, and has not appeared in NFL games since.
The first three guards of the Seahawks were injured. Starters Chris Carson (foot), Carlos Hyde (hamstring) and Travis Homer (knee) all missed Wednesday and Thursday practice, which put them against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday The status of the game was questioned.
“We will have to watch Chris’ footsteps,” coach Pete Carroll told KIRO Radio 97.3 FM in an interview aired on Friday morning. “We will always be playing on the day of the race. It seems Carlos’ hamstring may prevent him from pitting. So we have some problems.”
Rookie DeeJay Dallas and guard Nick Bellore are the only other guards in the Seahawks lineup. There is no one in their practice class.
The 26-year-old Collins has charged 1,509 yards in the past three seasons and made 14 touchdowns in 357 strikes (average score of 4.2). He scored 22 starts in two seasons in Baltimore and rushed to a career-best 973 yards in 2017.
Collins played for the Seahawks at the end of last season and recently played for the Detroit Lions.
This story uses information from ESPN’s Kevin Seifert.