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November 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Seahawks place Brandon Mebane on Injured Reserve and sign tight end RaShaun Allen to 53-man roster

The Seahawks today placed defensive tackle Brandon Mebane on Injured Reserve, ending his season with a pulled hamstring suffered in Sunday’s win over the New York Giants.

To take his place on the 53-man roster, the Seahawks have signed tight end RaShaun Allen, who was with the team for most of the season but had been on the practice squad of the Minnesota Vikings the past three weeks,

Allen was on Seattle’s practice squad until being activated to play at St. Louis. He then was waived and re-signed to the practice squad, then released and signed by Minnesota to its practice squad.

He now is back and gives Seattle five tight ends on its roster, but only two of whom are healthy at the moment — Allen and Tony Moeaki, who was signed as a free agent last week and has yet to play.

Regular starter Zach Miller has been out since after the Denver game on Sept 21 after having ankle surgery and it’s unclear when he will return. Luke Willson, who has been the starter since then, suffered a sprained ankle against the Giants and while it was left unclear Monday how long he may be out, this seems an indication that there’s a chance he will miss some time. Third-team tight end Cooper Helfet is also battling a sore knee.

So the Seahawks are obviously hedging some bets here at the tight end spot with their top three guys battling at least some measure of an injury.

As for Mebane, as discussed in the earlier blog, this is a big blow for the Seahawks as he had been playing as well as at any time in his career, in the words of coach Pete Carroll, and is now done for the season.

Some might have thought the Seahawks would make a move to add a DL to replace Mebane. But Carroll said  Monday they could go with what they have for a while.

Here’s his quote on that:

“Well, we will have to see how things go. Kevin [Williams] will play a lot more in that spot. Tony [McDaniel] plays there and Jordan Hill will also play there so we will see how that goes and what kind of play we’re getting from the fellas and how it fits. All those guys are good football players. They’re all doing good stuff. Their makeup is a little different and their style. I mean there is nobody like Mebane. He’s a very unique player. He’s had, I think, the best season he’s had since he’s we’ve been here to this point – most consistent, best factor so that’s a big hit to take. But our guys that go in play good football too so we will expect them to play up and maintain the level.

…. We were really pleased with Demarcus Dobbs. He did a very nice job in the snaps that he had, played really good in special teams too. That was a tremendous pick up and Will [Tukuafu] can play in there also so we don’t have any problem. We’re always looking though. We’re always competing to find somebody.”

The Seahawks also made a few practice squad moves, adding defensive end Ryan Robinson and running back Cierre Wood and placing two players on the practice squad injured list — RB Demitrius Bronson and DL Julius Warmsley. Bronson is a graduate of Kentwood High who played at UW and Eastern Washington and has been on the practice squad all season.

Wood, who played at Notre Dame, got three carries last season for Houston. Robinson was also with the Seahawks on the PS last week.

Seattle also released LB/FB L.J. Fort off the practice squad.


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