Seahawks Announce Cuts, Suspensions

Posted Aug 30, 2008

The Seahawks' cut list to get the team down to the league-mandated 53-man roster also included a bit of unnecessary drama. Defensive back Jordan Babineaux and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard were both suspended for the season opener against the Bills -- Babineaux for a violation of the NFL substance abuse policy, and Bernard for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

The team also placed receiver Ben Obomanu (clavicle) and defensive tackle Chris Cooper on the injured reserve list.

The veteran contracts of receiver Bryan Gilmore and defensive tackle Larry Triplett were terminated.

The following players were waived:

DB Jamar Adams -- The Michigan grad made some noise in the preseason (mostly in practice), but was unable to break into what has become a deep secondary. He's a good candidate for the practice squad, though a team light on secondary talent could grab him.

QB Dalton Bell -- Bell only had a shot if Charlie Frye really didn't avail himself well, and he only got one passing attempt in the preseason.

WR Michael Bumpus -- The Wazzu product put together a great preseason, leading the Seahawks in receiving yards (133). His release would seem to indicate that the team will not place Deion Branch on the Physically Unable to Perform list, though that could change.

P Reggie Hodges -- Hodges averaged 39.6 yards per punt on seven punts in the preseason, but the team is happy with Ryan Plackemeier as a punter and holder. Hodges was auditioning for other teams.

FB David Kirtman -- The fifth-round pick in 2006 never really caught on during a time in which Seattle's run game was pathetic, and now that Leonard Weaver and Owen Schmitt have impressed, Kirtman was the odd man out.

G Pat Murray -- Murray's penalty festival against the Raiders in the preseason finale -- three holds and a false start -- sealed his fate.

TE Joe Newton -- Newton was going to find it tough going with Will Heller, John Carlson and Jeb Putzier on the roster. He could stick on the practice squad again.

LB Dallas Sartz -- A tall, angular linebacker drafted by Washington in the fifth round in 2007, Sartz was rendered irrelevant by the ascent of David Hawthorne. He's a practice squad candidate.

WR Trent Shelton -- Shelton caught three preseason passes and may have impressed enough for a practice squad slot.

DE Nu’u Tafisi -- With Baraka Atkins and Jason Babin both making the squad, there was no room for the former Cal standout.

T Kyle Williams -- A likely practice squad candidate.

DT Kevin Brown, C Ben Claxton, DB Marquis Floyd DB Kelin Johnson, and C Nick Jones were simply victims of the numbers game.

After 12 noon tomorrow, Sunday, August 31, NFL clubs may establish a Practice Squad of eight players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free-agency credit or who were on the 45-Player Active List for less than nine regular season games during their only Accrued Season(s). A player cannot participate on the Practice Squad for more than three seasons.

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