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Monday, August 11, 2008
Putting Tubbs, Engram situations into perspective

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

News from Seahawks camp today might have wide-ranging implications for the roster.

Bobby Engram's shoulder injury means the Seahawks might consider carrying an extra receiver while Engram opens the season on the sideline. Roster spots were already at a premium for Seattle because the Seahawks have better depth than most teams. Engram is not eligible for the physically unable to perform (PUP) list because he has already passed a physical. That means he will count on the 80-man roster even when he's not playing.

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The Seahawks practiced Sunday without more than one-quarter of their roster. Eighteen Seattle players missed the team's exhibition opener, the second-highest total in the league (New England had 21, the most).

The roster limitations might have played into the Seahawks' thinking in their decision to cut veteran defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs today. Tubbs was rehabbing, but he was not practicing. The Seahawks are already without injured defensive tackle Red Bryant. Last season, the Seahawks carried a rehabbing Tubbs on their roster deep into camp. They apparently did not have that luxury this summer.

Putting Tubbs on injured reserve was an option, but that would have ended his season. By terminating Tubbs' contract, the Seahawks give him a chance to play for someone this season -- perhaps even Seattle -- if his surgically repaired knee improves.

At receiver, meanwhile, Engram's injury could force Seattle to reconsider having Nate Burleson return punts. With Engram and Deion Branch out, Burleson becomes the only established receiver on the roster. Engram and Branch combined for 143 receptions, 1,808 yard and 10 touchdowns last season. Burleson is the only other returning receiver who caught more than 12 passes for Seattle last season. Risking him on special teams might not be a wise move. It's something for the Seahawks to consider, at least.

Carrying an extra receiver might affect Seattle's roster around the edges. Is there a spot for Jamar Adams or C.J. Wallace or Floyd Womack or a seventh linebacker or a sixth running back (Justin Forsett)? All things to consider for Seattle.