Seahawks' moves set roster at 53 players
Minor surprises as Seattle reaches limit for regular season
Saturday, September 1, 2012
RENTON -- The Seattle Seahawks kept veteran wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Ben Obomanu on their final 53-man roster Friday night and waived returning young receivers Deon Butler, Kris Durham and Ricardo Lockette.
There were little surprises on Seattle's final 53-man roster. If the past two years are any example, the roster will still see significant flux over the next few days as the Seahawks have been successful with signings after cut day in each of Pete Carroll's first two years as head coach.
If there was a surprise it was the decision to activate offensive lineman James Carpenter from the physically unable to perform list. Carpenter did not participate in any of training camp while the 2011 first-round pick continues his recovery from a serious knee injury late last season.
The rest of Seattle's cuts include: defensive back Phillip Adams, defensive end Pierre Allen, linebacker Allen Bradford, guards Paul Fanaika and Rishaw Johnson, receiver Jermaine Kearse, linebacker Kyle Knox, defensive end Cordarro Law, tight end Sean McGrath, center Kris O'Dowd, quarterback Josh Portis, defensive back DeShawn Shead, linebacker Korey Toomer and receiver Lavasier Tuinei.
Seattle also waived/injured tight end Cooper Helfet and running back Vai Taua; reached an injury settlement with defensive lineman Pep Levingston; put linebacker Matt McCoy on injured reserve; and placed cornerback Walter Thurmond III on the physically unable to perform list. The team will also be without backup offensive lineman Allen Barbre for four weeks while he serves a league-imposed suspension.
The Seahawks chose to go into the regular season with just two quarterbacks on the active roster. Matt Flynn will back up rookie Russell Wilson.