NFC West: Michael Morgan

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider just finished an interview with SiriusXM radio in which he addressed Bruce Irvin's recent suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.

A few highlights:
  • Above and beyond: Schneider said the Seahawks through their player-development programs go "above and beyond what the league has done" to educate players on the PED issue. He called Irvin's situation "very disappointing" in that context.
  • Addressed with team: Schneider and coach Pete Carroll sat down with Irvin to discuss the situation. Carroll addressed the situation with the team. Irvin also addressed the team. The Seahawks have an organized team activity (OTA) session open to reporters Monday. That begins at 11:45 a.m. PT and concludes at 1:30 p.m. PT.
  • Body blows: Schneider said good organizations must overcome "body blows" such as the Irvin suspension. He called Irvin's suspension "a learning situation" and said it's one that "obviously needs to be addressed" while other players step up to fill the void. Seattle has suffered an NFL-high five PED-related suspensions under Carroll. Cornerback Richard Sherman avoided adding to that total by winning an appeal.
  • Contingencies: Schneider mentioned backup linebackers Malcolm Smith and Michael Morgan as players the team could "move around" from a personnel standpoint while Irvin and possibly injured defensive end Chris Clemons miss time. He also singled out starting strong-side linebacker K.J. Wright as a player with versatility. Seattle was going to adjust its personnel use anyway after adding Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett in free agency. Irvin's suspension will force additional changes. Schneider: "We have to treat it quite honestly like he sustained a high-ankle sprain and you make those adjustments" whether in a game or navigating the offseason.
The following recently released and waived/injured NFC West players are eligible for practice squads if they clear waivers:
Arizona Cardinals

Jared Campbell, Marshay Green, Sean Jeffcoat, Ricky Lumpkin, Jeremy Navarre, Aaron Nichols, Bryant Nnabuife, Kris O'Dowd, Tom Pestock, William Powell, Steve Skelton, Kendall Smith, Thad Turner, Isaiah Williams, D.J. Young.

St. Louis Rams

Damario Ambrose, Tim Atchison, DeMarco Cosby, Tae Evans, Marlon Favorite, Pete Fleps, Cody Habben, John Henderson, Kevin Hughes, Randall Hunt, Thaddeus Lewis, Greg Mathews, Jeremy McGee, Ryan McKee, Jonathan Nelson, Fendi Onobun, Chase Reynolds, Van Stumon.

San Francisco 49ers

Chase Beeler, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Brian Bulcke, Jack Corcoran, Phillip Davis, Derek Hall, Joe Hastings, Chris Hogan, Ronald Johnson, Alex Joseph, Chris Maragos, Cory Nelms, Xavier Omon, Konrad Reuland, Kenny Rowe, Sealver Siliga, Monte Simmons, Curtis Taylor, Kenny Wiggins.

Seattle Seahawks

Pierre Allen, Dorson Boyce, Chris Carter, Paul Fanaika, Maurice Fountain, David Howard, Michael Johnson, Jameson Konz, Mark LeGree, Ricardo Lockette, Michael Morgan, Josh Pinkard, William Robinson, Owen Spencer, Vai Taua, Patrick Williams.

A few younger players are not eligible, including former St. Louis Rams receiver Mardy Gilyard, who spent 11 games on the game-day roster last season. Players with no accrued seasons or fewer than nine appearances on game-day rosters in their only accrued season are among those eligible. Players can spend a third season on a team's practice squad as long as their team keeps its 53-man roster full at all times.

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