That didn’t take long. The Seahawks cut DuJuan Harris Tuesday, two days after his start in Baltimore, and officially signed Bryce Brown to start at running back Sunday when Seattle (8-5) hosts Cleveland (3-10). Thomas Rawls, who broke his ankle Sunday, was placed on injured reserve to make roster room for Brown.
Brown has not played in a game since December, 2014, but was twice with the Seahawks earlier in the season as they filled in for the injury absences of Marshawn Lynch. Brown, 24, has started seven of 39 games over three pro seasons with the Eagles and Bills. He has 226 carries for 1,004 yards.
Sunday, Harris carried 18 times for 42 yards and one fumble. Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Harris “did fine” but had “a lot of movement” to his game, which is coach-speak for not going straight ahead after one cut.
Brown will start ahead of Fred Jackson, the third-down back. The Seahawks may look to sign one more running back for depth.
The Seahawks also released WR B.J. Daniels, SS Akeem Davis, added LB Brock Coyle from injured reserve / designated to return and re-signed TE Chase Coffman. From the practice squad the Seahawks cut WR Antwan Goodley, DT Justin Hamilton and LB Alex Singleton.
The return of Coffman, who was cut to make room for TE Anthony McCoy, may foreshadow injury news about TE Luke Willson, whose ribs were bruised against the Ravens. He underwent an MRI Monday.
“He got hit in the ribs,’’ Carroll said Monday. “He had bruised ribs. I don’t know the extent of that because his MRI was at noon and we haven’t heard back yet.”
If Willson can’t go, third stringer Cooper Helfet would be the Seahawks’ most experienced tight end.