Seattle made an interesting roster move Saturday afternoon, releasing receiver Bryan Walters and signing safety Terrance Parks from the practice squad.
Parks is being added to add depth to a safety position suddenly thin on healthy bodies with Jeron Johnson out this week after suffering a concussion at Carolina and starting strong safety Kam Chancellor questionable with a groin injury.
Chancellor practiced Wednesday and Thursday this week before missing practice on Friday and landing on the injury report. Seattle has only three other healthy safeties — Earl Thomas, Steven Terrell and DeShawn Shead, who also plays cornerback.
Walters missed last week’s game with a concussion but had been deemed healthy. He was the team’s primary punt returner for most of the season after taking over for Thomas following the first game, and also took over kickoff duties following the trade of Percy Harvin.
But with Walters out, rookie Paul Richardson handled kickoff return duties. Richard Sherman, meanwhile, handled punt returns last week but coach Pete Carroll had said Doug Baldwin had been expected to do it but simply “needed a break at the time” so Sherman ended up fielding both of the punts in the Carolina game.
The release of Walters, a graduate of Juanita, leaves Seattle with five receivers on its 53-man roster a week after it had seven — Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Richardson, Ricardo Lockette and Kevin Norwood. Phil Bates was released earlier this week and signed with Cleveland’s practice squad.
The 24-year-old Parks, who played at Florida State, signed with Seattle in February and was initially tried at cornerback before being moved to safety during training camp — he’s now officially listed as a free safety but can play both spots.
Parks was with Kansas City in 2012 but did not play in any games, and spent last season with Hamilton of the CFL.
With Seattle having six players already listed as out, Parks will almost certainly be active on Sunday and playing against the Oakland Raiders in a 1:25 p.m. game at CenturyLink Field.
Walteres has been up and down between Seattle’s practice squad and active roster a few times now since 2012 having played in 10 games total, six this season, making five receptions for 44 yards and returning 12 punts for 109 yards and two kickoffs for 43 yards.