King added to Seattle roster for Pittsburgh game

Updated: October 31, 2003, 8:51 PM ET

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle defensive end Lamar King, a former first-round draft pick who hasn't played in almost a year, was activated by the Seahawks on Friday.

He is expected to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

King, on the physically-unable-to-perform list this season, has not played since last Dec. 1. He had offseason surgery to repair a microfracture in his right knee.

"I feel real good," King said. "This is the best I've felt so far this year, and I just look forward to going out and trying to get a victory."

To make room for King on the roster, the Seahawks placed tight end Ryan Hannam on injured reserve, ending his season. Hannam will undergo surgery after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Chicago on Oct. 19.

Hannam, 23, played in five games this season before his injury. His only career reception was a 16-yard touchdown catch against Arizona last season.

Although King will make his season debut Sunday, he is not expected to start. King, the 22nd overall pick in the 1999 draft, has been plagued by injuries his entire five-year career.

"It's been real tough," he said. "When you can't participate with your teammates, it's kind of hard. But you have to just put it behind you and move forward."

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