Sidney Rice goes to I.R.; Ricardo Lockette activated to 53-man roster

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The Seahawks officially placed WR Sidney Rice on the injured reserve list and activated newly-signed (to the practice squad) WR Ricardo Lockette to the active roster. Lockette's addition to the roster pushes the wide receivers group back to five - he joins Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and Bryan Walters. This also means it's unlikely we see Percy Harvin this week against the Buccaneers. The Seahawks appear to remain committed to bringing their $67M dollar man back slowly and carefully.

Pete Carroll, when asked earlier this season which player he regretted losing the most over the past few years, replied - "I always like The Rocket", and Carroll again sang Lockette's praises this morning in his press conference. Pete noted that Lockette has great speed and range, and that his experience with the Niners and Bears "broadened his awareness." Lockette, as you may remember, had 2 catches for 105 yards for the Seahawks in 2011 - including a 61-yard bomb for a TD.

It strikes me that Lockette is a little bit one-dimensional at this point - likely the reason he was released in San Francisco and Chicago - but that one dimension of being able to get deep quickly might come in handy for the Hawks. Seattle's offense does sort of lack that deep speed threat on the outside (Sidney Rice was not that this year), and if Lockette can hold the redline and get behind the secondary on occasion, it bodes well for his chances to contribute. He'll have to jump past Kearse and Walters to see the field though. We'll see.

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