Seahawks sign Byron Maxwell, promote Mike Davis

Chicago Bears v Seattle Seahawks

RENTON -- The Seahawks brought back veteran cornerback Byron Maxwell on Tuesday to help the team cope with the loss of Richard Sherman for the season to a torn Achilles.

Additionally, the team promoted running back Mike Davis from the practice squad to replace running back C.J. Prosise, who was placed on injured reserve.

"It was a little weird yesterday but I'm falling into it, getting comfortable with the guys (in) the DB room," Maxwell said. "I'm getting used to it."

Maxwell returns to the Seahawks after spending the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. Maxwell signed a large contract with the Eagles after Super Bowl XLIX only to be traded to the Dolphins after one lackluster season in Philadelphia. Maxwell was released by Miami after just two games this season.

"That's in the past," Maxwell said. "I want to focus on the Seattle Seahawks and what we're trying to do right now. That's the most important thing to me right now.

He did say he believes he has something to prove after two years away from Seattle where he didn't play to team expectations in Philadelphia and Miami.

"Definitely. Always, man," Maxwell said. "It's another opportunity to get out here and show what I can do so I'm looking forward to it. You've always got to prove yourself in this league no matter what. No matter if you're Dwight Freeney, he's out here trying to prove himself that he can still do it so no matter who you are, you're still trying to prove that you can do it."

Maxwell adds depth at cornerback for Seattle in the wake of Sherman's injury. He knows Seattle's system and spent four years learning under defensive coordinator Kris Richard, who was the team's defensive backs coach at the time. 

"I was hoping, at least, they would call," Maxwell said. "I know the system, I know the coaches so yeah, I was hoping for that call."

He joins Shaquill Griffin, Jeremy Lane and Justin Coleman as Seattle's top cornerback options defensively. Neiko Thorpe remains as a fifth option as well, but is more highly regarded as a special teams player.

"Early indications are that he's really ready," head coach Pete Carroll said. "I think sitting out for a couple weeks helped him a little bit, to kind of get his mind straight and he's really anxious to get back and he's grateful to be coming back here."

Davis will get a chance to spark a rushing attack that has been virtually nonexistent all season. With Prosise out for the year with a high-ankle sprain and Eddie Lacy recovering from an ankle injury as well, Seattle needed the additional running back depth. Davis will pair with Thomas Rawls and J.D. McKissic this week with Lacy's status uncertain.

Carroll said it's going to take six weeks for Prosise to get back from the high-ankle sprain he sustained Thursday against the Arizona Cardinals. Carroll said Prosise would be "racing" with Chris Carson to see which one of them could come back first from injured reserve. Prosise would be eligible to come back for the second week of the postseason should Seattle still be playing and if the team still had one of their two injured reserve return designations available.

"We'll see what happens down the road," Carroll said. "With the thought that hopefully we have a chance to keep playing and we've got some games left and we'll see what happens when we get there. C.J. is a marvelous player. He just has not been able to stay healthy so we're going to give him the time to get well and heal it up."

Prosise is one of just five players feasibly eligible to return this year. Carson, Rees Odhiambo (fingers/hand), Tre Madden (calf) and Cliff Avril (neck) could potentially return, though Avril's availability seems questionable at best.

Carroll noted that he's being optimistic about Carson's chances too. Carson has been on injured reserve since early October after sustaining a serious high-ankle sprain and a small fracture of his leg against the Indianapolis Colts.

"I'm pretty optimistic about him because I'm hoping that he can make it back and finish some football this year," Carroll said. "I don't know. I'm looking at it about the same as C.J. We'll see what happens. And the docs would be mad at me for telling you that but I'm hoping that's what's happening so what the heck."

Davis has spent the entire season on Seattle's practice squad after a solid preseason. He carried 24 times for 106 yards in four preseason games for the Seahawks. He also caught five passes for 41 yards with a touchdown as well.

"Mike has been, really, one of our favorites during all the way back to camp," Carroll said. "He had a really good offseason and a really good camp with us and a good preseason. ... We see a little bit of a well-roundedness in him. He's real competitive and he's really hungry to go. He's been with us all year so the transition is seamless and looking forward to seeing what he brings."

Davis appeared in 14 career games with the San Francisco 49ers after being a fourth-round pick in 2015. He managed just 108 yards and a touchdown on 54 total carries, good for just a 2.0 yards per carry average. He also caught 10 passes for 63 yards as well.

"More confident, more angry since I got cut anyway," Davis said. "I play with an edge, a chip on my shoulder. That's something that really killed me is when I got cut (by the 49ers). It changed everything I do.

"It was a major shock to me because I feel like I didn't get a chance there, especially with the new coaching staff, but it's something I can't be angry about. It happens. It's a business."

Davis is still eager to take advantage of this chance after spending 10 weeks on the practice squad.

"It's a major opportunity especially coming from practice squad and not playing for 10 weeks," Davis said. "It's an opportunity and I've got to make the most of it. I don't want to be out there just making stuff up, just do what I've been doing in practice and hopefully it pays off."


Photo Credit: SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 22: Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears has this pass batted away by defensive back Byron Maxwell #41 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 22, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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