In a surprising move, the Seattle Seahawks announced that they’ve placed defensive lineman Jason Jones on the season-ending injured reserve today.
Jones, 26, had been dealing with a nagging knee issue all season, and did not practice on Wednesday. The Eastern Michigan product played in 12 games this season, finishing with 11 tackles and three sacks.
Jones missed two games this year because of an ankle issue. The Seahawks brought Jones in on a one-year, $4.5 million deal, giving him an opportunity to prove that he could be a fit long term for Seattle.
But Jones, who struggled with injuries in 2011 while in Tennessee, continued to have problems staying healthy.
With the vacant roster spot, the Seahawks elevated defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo from the practice squad to the active roster. At 6-1 and 323 pounds, Fangupo signed to Seattle’s practice squad on September 11 after spending time in the spring with the Houston.
Seattle signed wide receiver Bryan Walters to the practice squad. Walters, who attended Juanita High in Kirkland, played in four games with three catches for 27 yards with the San Diego in 2011. He was released this past training camp by the Minnesota.