The countdown until Sunday's home game against the undefeated Carolina Panthers took a turn for the serious Thursday with news that starting fullback Derrick Coleman was arrested in Bellevue following a two car accident.
Coleman was charged with vehicular assault and hit and run after he was found blocks away and shoeless following the crash which left the male driver of the other car with "serious but non-life-threatening injuries."
Coleman is currently being held at the King County jail with his initial appearance in court scheduled for Friday at 2:30 pm.
UPDATE -- Coleman was released on Friday, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office, which announced that a decision on whether to charge will be made following further investigation. His scheduled court appearance for today has been canceled. -- 10:15 am Pacific 10/16/15.
The 6-0, 233 pound Coleman has become one of the Seahawks most popular players, earning a starting role as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA. The bruising blocker and occasional runner is completely deaf, the only such player in the NFL.
At this point, Coleman clearly has greater priorities than football. The Seahawks, however, can't allow Coleman's unfortunate incident to steal focus away from the Panthers, who will already pose a significant challenge defensively with star middle linebacker Luke Kuechly expected to play after missing time with a concussion.
After placing Coleman on indefinite suspension pending the police investigation, the Seahawks re-signed wide receiver and emergency quarterback B.J. Daniels to the active roster. Daniels had been released earlier in the week as the Seahawks added depth at cornerback and linebacker with Crezdon Butler and Nick Moody, respectively.