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Seahawks re-sign FB Michael Robinson - Oct. 22, 2013

Seahawks re-sign FB Michael Robinson - Oct. 22, 2013

Fullback Michael Robinson #26 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes for a touchdown in the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 30, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 20-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - FB Michael Robinson is healthy and glad to be back as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

Robinson was re-signed by the team on Tuesday and RB Spencer Ware was placed on injured reserve.

Seattle released Robinson at the end of training camp due to health and financial reasons and elected to keep Ware and FB Derrick Coleman as their options at fullback instead.

Ware suffered a high-ankle sprain late against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2 and has been unable to practice since. Coleman injured his hamstring Thursday night's victory over the Arizona Cardinals. It left Seattle short-handed at fullback and Robinson was eager to fill the void.

"It feels awesome. You miss Sundays. You really do," Robinson said.

Robinson got sick during the preseason and was forced into the hospital twice. Robinson said doctors told him it was "a perfect storm" of happenings that led to him falling so ill.

Robinson was taking a prescription anti-inflammatory medication called Indocin. He was taking it as prescribed but believes he was dehydrated in addition to getting sick and the combination left him severely sick. Robinson said his liver and kidneys nearly failed due to the reaction. He thought he was just getting the flu.

"I didn't realize how bad it was until I was able to look back and reflect on it," Robinson said.

Robinson lost over 30 pounts in the process and was down to just 212 pounds. He says he's now back up to 245 pounds.

In addition to the illness, Robinson's contract also was a factor in his release. He was scheduled to make $2.5 million this season. If he were on the roster Week 1, the entire sum would have become fully guaranteed for the season. With Robinson unable to play for several weeks, Seattle couldn't keep him around at that price.

"I understood that I had two preseason games. I knew they drafted a guy. I knew they were high on Derrick and I knew that I needed to be on the field to keep my job," Robinson said.

"I knew there was a big chance that I would be let go. I was just hoping and praying for an opportunity to be able to come back and go to work."

It took a couple weeks to feel back to normal again and a couple more on top of that to re-gain the weight he had lost in the process. He had visits with the Tennessee Titans and New York Giants over the past few weeks.

Robinson said the injury to QB Jake Locker in Tennessee didn't allow for an opportunity to present there and Robinson wasn't thrilled with the situation with the Giants and elected not to pursue the job.

Robinson said the team was open with him during his release and let him know there could be an opportunity down the road to come back to the team.

"Pete (Carroll) and John (Schneider) did a great job communicating with me. They were very upfront when they were cutting me," Robinson said.

"They basically said 'Mike, we know there's going to come a part down the line when you're going to be healthy and we're probably going to need you and if the opportunity presents itself, we're going to come and get you. You're a part of the family. You helped us start this thing.' It just felt really good to know that an organization feels that strongly about you."

Seattle also made some changes to their practice squad on Tuesday. They brought back WR Ricardo Lockette and signed G Zach Allen. They also released WR Josh Lenz.

 

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