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Seahawks: Cutdown analysis

8/31/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Biggest surprise: The Seahawks went with six running backs, a mild surprise, but the big news dealt with players the team will miss. The NFL has suspended safety Jordan Babineaux and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard for the season-opening game at Buffalo. Babineaux violated terms of the substance-abuse policy, the league said. Bernard's suspension stems from an off-field incident involving an estranged girlfriend. With Bernard on the suspended list, the Seahawks were able to keep Baraka Atkins and Jason Babin on the defensive line.

The Seahawks also kept kickers Olindo Mare and Brandon Coutu, at least for now.

No-brainers: The Seahawks had little choice but to put receiver Ben Obomanu on injured reserve. Obomanu's broken clavicle could be healed in time for him to contribute this season, at least in theory. But other injuries at receiver forced the Seahawks' hand. The team simply couldn't justify opening the season with as many as three injured reserves holding roster spots. Bobby Engram and Deion Branch are also hurting.

What's next: The Seahawks spent the offseason recommitting to their ground game. They'll need to flex that aspect of their offense early in the season because so many receivers are unavailable.