Linebacker Allen Bradford, who had been on the practice squad, was signed to the Seahawks’ 53-man roster this afternoon.
To clear a roster spot, defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo was released.
Bradford also finished last season on the practice squad and was signed to a future contract in January. He was released in August on the roster cut to 53 players and signed to the practice squad the next day. He was then released two more times, and re-signed again, before finally joining the practice squad for good on Sept. 21.
A running back at USC under Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Bradford has played predominantly at linebacker on the practice squad.
Defensive back Danny Gorrer has been signed by the Seahawks.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Gorrer entered the NFL in 2009 as a rookie free agent with the Saints. He also has spent time with the Rams, starting one game in 2009; the Saints again in 2010; and the Ravens in 2010 and 2011, when he played in 11 games.
To clear a roster spot, running back Kregg Lumpkin was released.
The club also made practice squad moves, re-signing linebacker Korey Toomer and guard Rishaw Johnson and releasing linebacker Allen Bradford and wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. Toomer, a fifth-round draft choice this year, was released on the roster cut to 53 players, signed to the practice squad the next day and then released last Thursday. Johnson, a rookie free agent, also was with the team during training camp.
A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 13:
Hebron Fangupo. The massive Mormon has followed the path less traveled to the Seahawks’ practice squad.
While his college career took Fangupo from Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) Junior College, to USC for two years, to BYU for his final season in 2011, the 6-foot, 319-pound defensive tackle took a different road long before that. Born in Orange County, Calif., he moved to Tonga when he was still an infant and spent much of his childhood there.
“I loved it, growing up in the islands,” he said of a childhood filled with sun and sand.
Fangupo eventually returned to the mainland, but did not start playing football until his sophomore year at Century (Calif.) High School. Then he took his two-year Mormon mission to the Philippines. That’s why he’s a 27-year-old rookie free agent.
As for his move from USC to BYU, he offered, “It was the safest thing for my family to move out of L.A.”
Then there’s his first name. The Tongan version is Hepeloni, a Biblical site in Jerusalem where the prophet Abraham was buried. That led to the nickname Loni, so why Hebron?
“My boss/wife prefers Hebron,” he said.
Fangupo, who had been with the Texans, was signed on Tuesday. In the first two practices with his new team, he has been a two-fer addition – playing nose tackle on defense and center on offense.
“Whatever they need me to do, I’ve got to do,” he said. “Just trying to feed my baby and wife.”
DeMarco Murray. After he ran for 139 yards against the Seahawks last season, coach Pete Carroll said the Cowboys’ rookie back surprised his defense. But don’t count defensive end Red Bryant among those who was caught off-guard by Murray’s combination of speed, power and ability to make tacklers miss.
“He didn’t surprise me, because I played against him when he was at Oklahoma,” Bryant said today, when the Seahawks continued to prepare for Sunday’s rematch with Murray and the Cowboys in their home opener. “So I knew what type of runner he was and what he brought to the table.”
Bryant, who played at Texas A&M, said the inability of a defense that entered that game allowing averages of 77.7 rushing yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry to contain Murray (6.3 yards per carry) was more about how the Cowboys blocked for him.
“They attacked us on the edges, so they had a real good scheme against us,” Bryant said. “It gave us a little bit of trouble.”
Now, no one is surprised by what Murray is able to do. In the Cowboys’ opener against the Giants, he rushed for a NFC-high 131 yards while averaging 6.6 yards per carry.
“We definitely know he’s a tough runner and we have to get his cleats off the ground,” Bryant said. “We’re looking forward to this opportunity. It’s a great opportunity for our defense.”
The official report, as released by the team:
WR Charly Martin (chest)
Did not practice
WR Sidney Rice (knee)
TE Zach Miller (foot)
Limited in practice
OT Russell Okung (knee)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
WR Golden Tate (knee)
DE Greg Scruggs (hamstring)
CB Byron Maxwell (shoulder)
Okung got his first work of the week after bruising his left knee on the final drive of Sunday’s opener against the Cardinals, but it was limited to individual drills and Frank Omiyale continued to work at left tackle. With Miller going from limited work on Wednesday to no work today, recently signed tight end Evan Moore got even more reps with the No. 1 offense. With Rice still sidelined, Ben Obomanu filled in at flanker.
For the Cowboys:
Did not practice
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
LB DeMarcus Ware (hamstring)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
WR Andre Holmes (knee)
CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder)
RB Felix Jones (ribs)
S Danny McCray (neck)
RB DeMarco Murray (wrist)
LB Kyle Wilber (thumb)
TE Jason Witten (abdomen)
S Gerald Sensabaugh (concussion)
PRACTICE SQUAD ROULETTE
The addition of Fangupo is just one move the club has made in turning over half its eight-man practice squad in the past three days.
Today, linebacker Allen Bradford was re-signed and tackle Mike Person also was added. Bradford was with the team during training camp, released on the roster cut to 53 players, signed to the practice squad the next day and then released Sept. 6. Person (6-4, 299) was a seventh-round pick out of Montana State by the 49ers in April’s NFL Draft. He also was released on the final roster cut.
To clear spots for Bradford and Person, linebacker and fifth-round draft choice Korey Toomer and rookie free-agent guard Rishaw Johnson were released.
Tuesday, former University of Washington wide receiver Jermaine Kearse also was re-signed. He had been released on the cut to 53, signed to practice squad two days later and released Sept. 8.
The players will have a midday practice on Friday, their final full session before Sunday’s home opener.
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“I can’t wait for the 12th Man. I know it’s going to be a wild atmosphere. I know there is going to be enthusiasm in the stadium. That is going to help us for sure, and I’m so fired up to get out there again and play at CenturyLink.” – rookie QB Russell Wilson on playing his first regular-season home game
Portis heads practice squad signees
The Seahawks have signed the following seven players to their squad:
QB Josh Portis
WR Ricardo Lockette
LB Korey Toomer
TE Sean McGrath
OL Rishaw Johnson
LB Allen Bradford
S DeShawn Shead
Portis, Lockette, Toomer, McGrath, Johnson, Bradford and Shead were waived by the Seahawks on Friday’s roster cut to 53 players.
A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 17:
Roy Lewis, Deon Butler and Cameron Morrah. These three have been on the physically unable to perform list since training camp opened in late July, and joined at the rehab schedule since then.
Each will begin practicing on Wednesday. They then have a three-week window before the Seahawks must decide whether to add them to the 53-man roster or place them on injured reserve.
Lewis, a cornerback, had knee surgery late last season. Butler, a wide receiver, had surgery to place a steel rod in his broken leg in December. Morrah, a tight end, had postseason toe surgery.
“At this point, there’s no reason to anticipate anything other than they’re back to practicing,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice. “If you can imagine, this is August for them. So Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and then playing a game on Sunday, that’s a tremendous amount to ask.”
Getting Lewis back, however, definitely would help because of the move today to place veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant on injured reserve with a back problem. Walter Thurmond will start on the left side for Trufant, but Lewis would provide another option to fill the nickel back spot that Thurmond has been playing.
“Three weeks doesn’t even seem like enough time when you think about it,” Carroll said. “We’re going to go for it. They’re going to practice a lot. We’ll get them a lot of work out here. It will boost what’s going on out here, which will be good.
“And hopefully those guys will be able to show where they fit in.”
IN ’N OUT
Linebacker Leroy Hill and backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre returned to practice and running back Marshawn Lynch was back on a limited basis after sitting out the two bye-week practices. But four starters continued to be sidelined: quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral), center Max Unger (foot), tight end Zach Miller (neck) and left guard Robert Gallery (groin).
Jackson is ahead of schedule, Carroll said, and did some light throwing on the side during practice.
“We’re just taking it one day at a time,” Carroll said of Jackson’s status for this week’s game. “We’ll just see what happens. But he has a chance.”
Charlie Whitehurst continued to quarterback the offense in practice and No. 3 QB Josh Portis is getting his most extensive practice time of the season running the scout team that works against the Seahawks defense.
Carroll expects Miller and Gallery to practice on Wednesday. Unger was out of the protective boot he was wearing last week, but Carroll said his heavy work in practice won’t come until Friday.
The Seahawks signed two players: defensive tackle Jason Shirley (6-5, 345), who was waived from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad on Sept. 3; and linebacker Stephen Franklin (6-foot, 235), a rookie who also had been with the Bengals.
Shirley participated in the 85-minute bonus practice, but Franklin watched from the sideline.
The Seahawks noticed Shirley while looking at video of defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, another ex-Bengal who was acquired in an August trade for cornerback Kelly Jennings.
“Always having this liking for the really big guys, Jason surely caught our eye,” Carroll said. “We’re pleased to get him. To get another real healthy big guy at this time … we jumped at it.”
To clear roster spots, rush-end Jameson Konz were placed on injured reserve along with Trufant.
Allen Bradford, who was claimed off waivers last week, practiced with the team for the first time. He worked at running back and linebacker with the scout teams.
STAT DU JOUR
Carroll already has done something only one other coach in franchise history was able to accomplish: Win the week following his first bye with the team. Carroll did it last season, his first as coach, when the Seahawks beat the Bears in Chicago 23-20.
The only other coach to do it? Dennis Erickson in 1995, when the Seahawks beat Broncos at the Kingdome 27-10. In fact, only Carroll, Erickson and Mike Holmgren have won games the week after the team’s bye. Here’s a look at the coach’s post-bye week records since the week-off schedule was started in 1990:
Coach (year) W-L
Chuck Knox (1990-91) 0-2
Tom Flores (1992-94) 0-4
Dennis Erickson (1995-98) 3-1
Mike Holmgren (1999-2008) 2-8
Jim Mora (2009) 0-1
Pete Carroll (2010-present) 1-0
The players will have their off day for this week on Tuesday, and then return for what will be a two-week battle for the Ohio state championship. After playing the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday, the Seahawks host the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 30.
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“Really, K.J. Wright made the difference. He took over. He took over that spot (strongside linebacker). He just was way ahead of any curve that we would have ever projected for him. So we just needed him on the field. He won the job. That’s really the best way to explain it. That’s exactly what happened.” – Carroll when asked about last week’s trade of Aaron Curry to the Raiders