The Seahawks really have 55 players on their roster because of the suspensions of Rocky Bernard and Jordan Babineaux. So they will have to make two more roster decisions next Monday, Sept. 8, when those players return to the active roster.
A couple thoughts there: They were able to keep both Baraka Atkins and Jason Babin, giving them 10 defensive linemen. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of them go.
But also, maybe they kept somebody like Brandon Coutu hoping that teams fill out their practice squads and active rosters this week, then they will cut him next week and try to slide them onto their practice squad after everybody else’s is full. Or, if they happen to find a punt returner, they do the same thing with Forsett.
So here is how the roster shakes out:
Quarterbacks: Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca Wallace, Charlie Frye
Running Backs: Leonard Weaver, Owen Schmitt, Julius Jones, Mo Morris, T.J. Duckett, Justin Forsett.
Tight end: John Carlson, Will Heller, Jeb Putzier.
Wide receivers: Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, Bobby Engram, Logan Payne, Jordan Kent, Courtney Taylor.
Offensive linemen: Walter Jones, Mike Wahle, Chris Spencer, Rob Sims, Sean Locklear, Ray Willis, Floyd Womack, Steve Vallos, Mansfield Wrotto.
Offense: They kept 27, including Justin Forsett I have to believe because with Ben Obomanu down they don’t have anybody else to return punts. They can’t do it with Courtney Taylor, who will start at flanker, and Josh Wilson returns kicks but not punts and Jordan Kent is too lean and long to do the job. I think Mike Holmgren felt his fumble last night was from being overly excited, but overall he made good decisions. Obviously they think Deion Branch is going to be back sooner rather than later.
Defensive linemen: Patrick Kerney, Darryl Tapp, Lawrence Jackson, Baraka Atkins, Jason Babin, Brandon Mebane, Craig Terrill, Howard Green, Red Bryant.
Linebackers: Lofa Tatupu, Julian Peterson, Leroy Hill, Lance Laury, D.D. Lewis, David Hawthorne.
Defensive backs: Marcus Trufant, Kelly Jennings, Josh Wilson, Kevin Hobbs, Deon Grant, Brian Russell, C.J. Wallace.
DEFENSE: 23 — Interestingly, despite losing Babs for the season opener, they did not try to keep Jamar Adams to replace him for a game. They chose to keep Coutu/Mare, as well as Atkins/Babin. Mare had to be the choice over Coutu or they would have just released Mare. It still will be an interesting decision between Atkins and Babin next week, though I still think Babin has the edge based on his play.
Kickers: Olindo Mare. Brandon Coutu.
Punter: Ryan Plackemeier.
Snapper: Jeff Robinson.