Packers release RB Christine Michael

Michael played nine games for the Packers last season, including the postseason.

The Green Bay Packers have released running back Christine Michael, the team announced Monday.

Michael joined the Packers last November after he was released by the Seahawks. He had rushed for 469 yards and six touchdowns on 117 carries in nine games for Seattle before his release.

It was assumed Michael would take up a starting role for the Packers last season considering Eddie Lacy and James Starks were both out long-term with injuries. However, wide receiver Ty Montgomery converted back to running back — a position he played in college — and ran away with the job.

Montgomery is expected to carry the backfield load in Green Bay again this season.

The Packers, however, will not be void of backfield depth. They used three of their 10 picks in last week's draft on running backs. Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Devante Mays were all taken in the fourth round or later, so they will likely have limited roles in 2017.

Green Bay is also thought to be a possible destination for free agent Jamaal Charles, who at 30 years old is trying to prove he can still play despite his worrisome injury history.

The Packers finished last season 20th in the league in rushing yards per game. Montgomery proved he has explosive, game-changing abilities out of the backfield, but they need one or more of their rookies to step up and provide depth.

Running back Don Jackson was also released from the Packers. He appeared in three games with one start in the middle of the season before he was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 16.

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