The Seahawks announced today they have released receiver Bryan Walters and signed DT Michael Brooks off the practice squad to the active roster.
No doubt this is a move made to shore up the depth on the defensive line with Red Bryant out with a concussion and Jordan Hill out with a biceps injury for Sunday’s game at Atlanta.
Brooks, an undrafted rookie from East Carolina, was signed by Seattle in May and has been on and off and back on the practice squad a few different times this year, but until today had not been on the active 53-man roster.
Walters, a graduate of Juanita High, began the year on the team’s practice squad but was then activated to the 53-man roster prior to the Oct. 13 game against Tennessee and has played in three of four games since then, though he has not caught a pass or recorded a statistic.
The release of Walters leaves Seattle with four WRs on the active roster for the Atlanta game — Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette.
But Percy Harvin is also expected back soon, and this move today may indicate optimism that that will happen sooner rather than later — it seemed a given Seattle would release a receiver once Harvin was healthy.
Walters was signed off the practice squad last month, and presumably still has practice squad eligibility. Seattle also still has receiver Arceto Clark on its practice squad.