Aaron Wilson of The National Football is reporting that Seattle has signed D.D. Lewis. Lewis was cut when Seattle reduced its roster to 53. Seattle showcased its linebacker depth yesterday, but what can look like good play to a fan can look like blown assignments and sloppy execution to a coach. Lewis is often been praised for his ability to play multiple linebacker positions. He doesn't have a particular skill-set to excel at any, like David Hawthorne does at middle linebacker or Will Herring does at outside linebacker. Nor does Lewis impress as a backup. What he does do, is cover his assignments and play steady football.
The injuries to Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill, described as minor, may have exposed the inexperience of Seattle's backups. Lewis adds experience. Signing him after week one avoids certain contract headaches as well. I would not interpret this move, at least not independently, as indication that Tatupu or Hill are more injured than first believed.