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September 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Interesting note on DeShawn Shead

Brian McIntyre had an interesting note about DeShawn Shead this morning, reporting that the Seahawks last week renegotiated his practice squad contract from $6,000 a week to $8,5000 a week.

Shead has played both safety and corner for the Seahawks, offering the team an intriguing young prospect at each position.

But the timing here is noteworthy since it came after Jeron Johnson suffered a hamstring injury in the opener at Carolina, an injury that has lingered longer than the team anticipated, as coach Pete Carroll said yesterday.

Here’s Carroll’s quote on Johnson Friday:

“He’s trying to get back. He’s had a hard time getting back. We are not counting on him this week. He seems to continue to aggravate it in workouts. He thinks he is going good and then the next day it is not coming back like y0u would hope, so it has lingered longer than we thought it would. So he is so he is still nursing it and not ready to go.”

Johnson , who was hurt on the opening kickoff of the season, is the backup to Kam Chancellor at strong safety, and without him Chancellor was the one defensive starter who was forced to play every snap of the 45-17 win over Jacksonville last week.

Chancellor, in fact, is the only Seattle defensive player to play all 172 defensive snaps this season (J.R. Sweezy is the only player to do so on offense).

Shead, though, could serve as Chancellor’s backup if Johnson doesn’t get healthy soon, which may have been a motivation to re=negotiate his deal — as McIntrye notes, redoing the contract could be an indication the club was considering adding him to the 53-man roster.

Something to watch in the weeks ahead.

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