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Sunday, September 5, 2010
Do Seattle's moves affect Sean Locklear?

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Seattle Seahawks right tackle Sean Locklear struggled some during preseason while his backup, Ray Willis, landed on injured reserve.

Left tackle Russell Okung suffered a sprained ankle.

If the tackle situation in Seattle appears in flux, it's because it is in flux. A fair question: What does it mean for Locklear?

The Seahawks acquired Tyler Polumbus, an eight-game starter with Denver last season, and they're finishing a deal to acquire Stacy Andrews from the Philadelphia Eagles. Polumbus is a tackle and Andrews will serve as one for Seattle. Guard Chester Pitts, signed in free agency from Houston, can also play tackle.

Okung is the unquestioned starter at left tackle once his ankle lets him get back on the field. Locklear's status appears less settled with Polumbus onboard, Andrews on the way and Locklear set to earn $5.45 million after triggering incentives last season.

Seattle was already carrying 10 offensive linemen pending the deal for Andrews. Teams generally carry nine during the regular season unless injuries create additional needs.