It was a newsy day here at the Seattle Seahawks team headquarters this afternoon.
At the top of list is Seahawks rookie offensive guard John Moffitt has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Moffitt’s suspension begins immediately. Per league policy, players on injured reserve who are suspended under the drug, steroid or personal conduct policies serve those suspensions while they are on injured reserve.
According to the Associated Press, Moffitt’s agent Michael George said that his client was suspended for taking a drug used to treat hyperactivity, and that Moffitt did not pre-clear taking the drug with the league.
Because Moffitt is on the injured reserve, essentially he’s just being docked four weeks pay.
“The league’s doing their work and I can’t say anything about it,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said about Moffitt’s suspension.
The Seahawks also made some roster moves, placing offensive tackle Russell Okung on the season-ending injured reserve list and bringing back Mike Gibson.
Carroll said that Paul McQuistan will move to left tackle and Lemuel Jeanpierre will play right guard.
This will be Seattle’s sixth different starting offensive line combination this season. The projected starting five to begin the season of Okung at left tackle, Robert Gallery at left guard, Max Unger at center, John Moffitt at right guard and James Carpenter at right tackle only played a total of four games together this season.
“We’re pretty much headed in that direction,” Carroll said. “Hopefully it’ll work out fine. Paul is not unfamiliar with playing tackle, so that helps and Lem has played a little bit for us.
“The fact that these guys have been with us and we don’t have to go outside the organization and the system to get guys means we’re very fortunate.”
McQuistan said he played some left tackle in 2008 while with Oakland.
The Seahawks also filled two vacant spots on the practice squad by adding running back Jay Finley and defensive end Keith Darbut.
Finley is a Baylor product who attended Corrsicana High in Texas, the same high school David Hawthorne attended. At 5-11, 205 pounds, Finley was one of the final roster cuts for Cincinnati during training camp.
Darbut is a graduate of Division III Baldwin-Wallace, where he posted 10.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss during his senior season. At 6-4, 230 pounds, Darbut worked at Leo as a pass rusher during practice today. Darbut ran a 4.38 40-yard dash during his pro day.
Darbut went to training camp with Cincinnati but was released.
Tarvaris Jackson again looked good in practice throwing the ball today.
“He looked totally different today,” Carroll said. “The signs have just been coming in the last week or so that things are different for him and today he looked like normal.”