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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Seahawks, Falcons test NFL extremes

By Mike Sando

The NFL rosters I maintain for every team in the league had fallen out of date recently.

I finally had time to update them Saturday night.

One revelation: The Atlanta Falcons left for their road trip in Seattle with a 53-man roster featuring a league-high 43 players back from last season. The Seahawks went into the weekend with a league-low 22 such players. The rest of the league averaged 33.3.

The counts reflect players currently on 53-man rosters who spent Week 17 last season on active rosters or injured reserve. Seattle has had the lowest figure all season, a reflection of their efforts to remake the roster under a new head coach.

Detroit and Washington have 25. Seattle is the only team with fewer.

Counts for the rest of the NFC West heading into the weekend: St. Louis (32), Arizona (31) and San Francisco (30). The 49ers' numbers dwindled later in the season after the team placed Joe Nedney, Frank Gore and Eric Heitmann on injured reserve.