The Facts: Turbin had surgery recently on his hip, the team has confirmed. But the expectation is that Turbin will be ready for the 2015 season, and likely ready for the beginning of training camp in late July.
Diehards Line: Turbin is expected to again compete with Christine Michael for a backup running back spot behind Marshawn Lynch while also serving in a niche role in the team’s two-minute offense. A fourth-round pick out of Utah State in 2012, Turbin has rushed for 928 yards on 231 carries, playing in all 48 regular season games the last three seasons. He also has gained 128 yards on 37 carries in eight playoff games. He scored two touchdowns last season, both receiving, including Seattle’s only TD of the game in its 19-3 Thanksgiving night win at San Francisco. The Seahawks begin OTAs on May 26 and Turbin will undoubtedly sit those out, which will make it interesting to see how the running back snaps will be divvied up. Lynch often sits those out even if he is in attendance (they are voluntary). There are three other running backs on the team’s current roster, all originally undrafted free agents — Demitrius Bronson, Thomas Rawls and Rod Smith. However, Bronson (hamstring) and Smith (foot) were each sidelined for most or all of the team’s rookie mini-camp last weekend.