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Seahawks reinstate FB Derrick Coleman from suspension after hit and run arrest

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Coleman was arrested Thursday morning and will be released from jail on Friday. An investigation into the incident is expected to take at least a month.

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Seattle Seahawks fullback and special teams player Derrick Coleman was arrested by Bellevue police on investigation of vehicular assault and a hit and run, according to the Seattle Times. Following the incident, the Seahawks announced that Coleman would be suspended indefinitely until they gather more information. On Monday afternoon, Seahawks head coach Peter Carroll announced that Coleman's suspension would be lifted.

According to Carroll, the team met with Coleman and determined that he should be reinstated based on his account of the incident and video tapes of his interviews with police.

"We will lift the suspension on Derrick Coleman. We'll find out what the timing is of that, but as soon as we can," Carroll said, according to Seahawks blog Field Gulls. "We really don't have a lot of information -- we don't have any information for you -- about what's going on or the issues. We have not received stuff other than to know the basics and the fundamentals of it. So we will do that and then we will move from there."

Coleman was booked at 1:20 a.m. on Thursday after reportedly striking another vehicle and possibly causing the other driver to suffer a broken collarbone. Coleman was released from jail on Friday, with an investigation into the incident expected to take "at least a month." His first court appearance was waived, and a decision on whether or not he will be charged rests with county prosecutors, according to Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.

At 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, police were dispatched to the scene of the incident. Coleman left the scene and an officer tracked him down after "several minutes" two blocks away, according to the Bellevue Police Department. He was cooperative with officers, walking up to the patrol car as they located him.

Police said they were not aware of why he left the scene, but that it will be "a focus of the investigation," stating that whatever the reason for leaving, it's "his duty" to remain at the scene. Three witnesses identified Coleman after he was detained, and a police canine found a scent in the vehicle and led officers to Coleman two blocks away after he had already been detained.

A field sobriety test was conducted, and officers obtained a search warrant to do a blood test on Coleman, the results of which are unavailable. Police said that there was enough evidence, based on "statements that were made and observations made by the officer" for them to suspect drugs or alcohol may have been involved.

Coleman was driving in a 35 mph zone and collided with the back of a vehicle traveling in the same direction at a "high rate of speed." They will do an accident reconstruction to determine exactly what happened, but Coleman's vehicle pushed the other vehicle up an embankment, where it came to rest upside down. Police said the driver of the other vehicle sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries.

A photo taken of the scene revealed what appears to be extensive damage.

Coleman's agents offered up an explanation for the incident in a statement, via the Seattle Times:

"While the facts of the case are still being determined, it seems Derrick may have fallen asleep while driving home from a Seahawks' facility. The health and well-being of all involved is our primary concern, and we are thankful to report that both parties are expected to make a full recovery. We will continue to work closely with the local officials while a full investigation is being conducted."

Coleman, who is in his fourth year in the NFL, has appeared in just 22 games for the Seahawks since being signed by the team in 2012. He's been deaf since the age of 3 and in July published a memoir, No Excuses: Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams. His story was highlighted in a commercial for Duracell batteries last January.

Coleman went undrafted in 2012 after graduating from UCLA, where he earned second team All-Pac-12 honors for his work on special teams. He has four career touchdowns -- two as a receiver and two on special teams.

Coleman is just the second NFL player to get arrested this season. The first was Titans rookie wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckhamwho was arrested for not paying a speeding ticket.