Derrick Coleman’s 2014 season is over after the Seattle Seahawks placed the 24-year-old on injured reserve Saturday.
The third-year player out of UCLA was the team’s lone fullback for the first five games of the season, but broke a bone in his foot during pregame warmups last Sunday in St. Louis. Running back Robert Turbin will replace him in the lineup Sunday on the road against the Carolina Panthers after being pressed into action against the Rams.
Deaf since the age of 3, Coleman gained notoriety as the NFL’s first legally deaf offensive player, winning the Hawks’ starting fullback position last year. In January, he starred in an ad for Duracell batteries that highlighted the struggles he overcame to make it to the NFL.
A solid special teams contributor, Coleman has become a role model for the deaf community, and gave away Super Bowl tickets to two young hearing-impaired fans who wrote to him last season.
Third-year wide receiver Phil Bates will replace Coleman on the Hawks’ 53-man roster after he was signed from the Seattle’s practice squad. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound 25-year-old has spent much of the last two seasons on the team’s practice squad after going undrafted out of Ohio University in 2012.