Defensive end Dexter Davis was waived by the Seahawks this afternoon, the team announced.
A seventh-round draft choice in 2010, Davis played in 15 games as a rookie and posted eight tackles and one sack on defense and six coverage tackles on special teams. But he injured a hip in the 2011 season opener and was placed on injured reserve. Slow to recover from the injury, Davis missed all of last season after going on IR in August.
The Seahawks have traded linebacker Barrett Ruud to the Saints for an undisclosed draft choice and also waived/injured defensive end Dexter Davis, the team announced this afternoon.
Ruud was signed as an unrestricted free agent in April and expected to compete with rookie Bobby Wagner for the starting middle linebacker job that opened when David Hawthorne jumped to the Saints in free agency. It was an injury to Hawthorne that prompted the Saints interest in Ruud, who became available because Wagner has played well while working with the No. 1 defense.
Davis injured a hip in Saturday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver. If he clears waivers, he will be added to the Seahawks’ injured reserve list.
To fill his spot on the 90-man roster, Donny Lisowski was re-signed. The cornerback from Montana and Seattle’s O’Dea High School was originally signed on May 15, but then released on Aug. 7 when wide receiver Terrell Owens was signed.
PITTSBURGH – After practice Friday, coach Pete Carroll said defensive end Dexter Davis had “problems, definitely,” but that he didn’t know his status.
The Seahawks coach does now: Davis was placed on injured reserve today with a hip injury and will miss the rest of the season.
To fill his spot on the 53-man roster, cornerback Kennard Cox was re-signed.
Cox played in 11 games with the Seahawks last season and was with them this summer before being released on the roster cut to 53 players. He should be able to help immediately on special teams, where the Seahawks are missing co-captain Michael Robinson and rookie cornerback Byron Maxwell, the leading coverage tackler during the preseason; and no Davis. Robinson and Maxwell sprained ankles in last week’s loss to the 49ers. Davis did play in the opener.
Cox had three coverage tackles last season, as well as a forced fumble and a blocked punt.
Davis, a seventh-round draft choice last year, had six special teams tackles as a rookie and also eight on defense, including a sack.
With Clare Farnsworth on vacation for the weekend, we offer you these clips of what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 6:
Meanwhile at Seahawks.com …
A recap of the day’s activities:
The run defense. It has been, in a word, stout. Or perhaps stellar. Or even studly.
After giving up 71 rushing yards to the San Francisco 49ers and old nemesis Frank Gore in their opener, the Seahawks held the Broncos to 65 rushing yards and a 1.7-yard average in Denver on Sunday.
The Seahawks effort against Gore (38 yards on 17 carries) looks even more impressive after he gained 112 on 20 carries against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night; and the Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno had 60 rushing yards on 15 carries in Denver’s opener against Jacksonville Jaguars, but was held to 51 yards on 24 carries by the Seahawks.