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September 3, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Seahawks re-sign WR Phil Bates to active roster and place OL Lemuel Jeanpierre on Injured Reserve

The Seahawks made one change to the active roster today, re-signing receiver Phil Bates while placing backup guard/center Lemuel Jeanpierre on Injured Reserve with a neck injury.

Bates was released earlier in the week when the Seahawks brought back Bryan Walters, but cleared waivers and was a free agent.

Jeanpierre did not practice all week with a neck injury (the exact origin of which is unclear).

Bates’ return gives Seattle eight receivers on the active roster for the Green Bay game — the others being Percy Harvin, Jermaine Kearse, Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson, Ricardo Lockette, Kevin Norwood and Walters.

And the loss of Jeanpierre — who was placed on regular IR, so he is out for the season — gives Seattle eight offensive linemen for the Green Bay game.

Obviously, you wouldn’t think those numbers will last long and Seattle will  likely make a move or two next week to add an OL or two, likely at the expense of a WR or two. But for now, that’s what the Seahawks have.

The loss of Jeanpierre means the Seahawks will go into the Green Bay game with Stephen Schilling as the backup center. The only other reserve OLs on the roster are Alvin Bailey, who has played nothing but tackle this year in pre-season games (though he has played guard in the past), and rookie offensive tackle Garry Gilliam.

Seattle also released three players from the practice squad — WR Chris Matthews, OL Nate Isles and DB Terrance Parks; and to fill those vacancies, Seattle signed LB Allen Bradford — a former Seahawk who was on the initial 53-man roster last season for Seattle before being released — and guards David Arkin of Missouri State and Drew Nowak of Western Michigan.

Arkin played in one game for the Dolphins last season and was waived by Miami last week, while Nowak had most recently been with Jacksonville, for whom he played two games last season.

 

 

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