While it may seem like the Seahawks have made a flurry of roster moves in recent days — and they indeed have — another is sure to come this week when cornerback Jeremy Lane is activated off of the short-term Injured Reserve list.
Lane has been on the list since re-injuring his groin in the opener against Green Bay. He’s finally eligible to come off, and will in time for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Lane said today he’s been healthy for a while and can’t wait to get back on the field.
Since taking up football at age 9, he said “this is the most games I’ve ever missed in my life. It’s been crazy. (It took) too long. Too much. So I’m ready to rock.”
He hopes to return quickly to the role he had carved out for himself this season as a special teams standout and the team’s starting nickelback, the latter a role he earned in the spring and training camp after the departure to free agency of Walter Thurmond (who signed with the Giants, interestingly enough the team the Seahawks play this week).
In Lane’s absence, though, Marcus Burley has thrived as the team’s nickelback. Burley, recall, was acquired in a trade on the day NFL teams had to cut their rosters to 53, acquired initially as depth.
Burley’s presence now, though, means the Seahawks can ease Lane back into things.
Or blend him back in, as coach Pete Carroll said today.
“Yeah, I think blend is a good word,” Carroll said.
With Burley healthy and having played well, the Seahawks don’t need to ask Lane to immediately take over sole nickel duties.
“He’s got a great spirit about him and we love having him out there working with everybody,” Carroll said. “He’s got a special energy that he brings which is fun. But he’s got to work his way back in. We’re really happy with what Marcus has done and he’s filled in great. We won’t rush (Lane) and we’ll see how the week goes and play it by ear. It’s great to have him back out there. He’s a fantastic addition to special teams as well.”
Lane today sounded happy just to be back in the equation, especially on special teams, where his presence (notably, as a gunner on coverage units) has been particularly missed.
“I think I can make a difference,” Lane said.