Seahawks Drop Plackemeier, Forsett, Kent; Add Ryan
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Three Seattle Seahawks players have felt the backlash of the team's disappointing 34-10 loss in its season opener at Buffalo.
President-general manager Tim Ruskell and coach Mike Holmgren began making changes yesterday, releasing punter Ryan Plackemeier, running back Justin Forsett and wide receiver Jordan Kent. The release of Forsett and Kent are likely to open a pair of roster spots for nickel back Jordan Babineaux and starting defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, both of whom missed the opener under league suspension. The Seahawks also placed receiver Nate Burleson on injured reserve.
Plackemeier was the Seahawks punter for the last two seasons, but he struggled in last Sunday's opener. He had a pair of 22-yard punts among his 11 punts against the Bills. Buffalo's Roscoe Parish also returned a punt for a touchdown.
The Seahawks signed veteran punter Jon Ryan to take Plackemeier's roster spot. Ryan kicked for two seasons in Green Bay, averaging 44.5 yards per punt, but was released at the end of training camp.
Reports surfaced last night that starting right guard Rob Sims has a torn pectoral muscle and could be headed for injured reserve. A team spokesman says coach Mike Holmgren will address Sims' situation at his news conference tomorrow.
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