The Seattle Seahawks announced that the team has released 12 players this afternoon.
Tight end Cameron Morrah and cornerback Roy Lewis were among the surprises as Seattle attempts to get down to 75 players. Both were regular contributors in 2011. However, both players also were dealing with injury issues.
Lewis had a knee injury that required surgery, leaving his availability for the season opener in question. And Morrah had a chronic toe injury that had forced him to miss several practices during training camp.
Offensive linemen Alex Barron and Deuce Lutui also was a surprise cuts. Barron, a former first round draft pick, had looked good at times during camp, and likely will get snapped up by a tackle-needy team like the New York Jets.
Lutui was expected to compete for a job at right guard. But with the surprise development of seventh round draft choice J.R. Sweezy, Lutui became expendable.
Along with Morrah and Lewis, other players who were waived/injured include former seventh round draft choices linebacker Jameson Konz (shoulder) and defensive lineman Pep Levingston (knee).
Others that were released include receiver Phil Bates, tackle Edawn Coughman, cornerback Donny Lisowski, cornerback Ron Parker, running back Tyrell Sutton and receiver Terrell Owens.
Seattle still has 77 players on the roster, so two more players will need to be cut by Monday afternoon to get down to the required 75 players.