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Seahawks Sign Veteran Running Back While Ken Walker Battles Injury

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When Kenneth Walker suffered an ankle strain that forced him out of the Seattle Seahawks' Week 13 victory, Pete Carroll and company wasted no time in finding a stopgap. 

In a move that the team's made official, veteran running back Wayne Gallman has been signed to the team's practice squad. If Walker is forced to miss action in Week 14 and beyond, it's a safe bet that Gallman will receive snaps in Geno Smith's offense. 

On the team's official website, reporter John Boyle explained the potential utility for Gallman in Seattle. 

"Gallman gives the Seahawks a third running back on the practice squad along with Godwin Igwebuike and Darwin Thompson, depth the Seahawks need with all but one of their four running backs on the 53-man roster dealing with an injury."

Gallman hasn't seen NFL action this season, having been signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad but cut in November. A key figure in the New York Giants' offense from 2017 to 2020, it remains to be seen how fresh Gallman's legs are if he receives an extended look down the stretch. 

Interestingly, Gallman wasn't the only veteran running back the Seahawks took a look at. Free agent Phillip Lindsay was worked out by the team, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Seattle found Gallman to be the better fit, though Lindsay would have brought more recent NFL experience. The former Colorado Buffaloes standout appeared in three games earlier this season with the Indianapolis Colts.