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Seahawks place Mike Morgan on IR, add new player to 53-man roster

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This could have been Mike Morgan’s year, but alas it has come to an end after four mostly-nondescript games — The Seattle Seahawks have placed the sixth-year linebacker on injured reserve with a sports hernia.

The team could use the special exception to bring back Morgan after Week 8 (he could practice after Week 6) but given his production this season — two tackles, roughly 25% of defensive snaps at the SAM position — they might need to use that on a different player. Not that Morgan isn’t an important player on special teams but with a couple other players, like Cassius Marsh, doing so well on coverage, they might not need to.

In the meantime, head coach Pete Carroll said that Kevin Pierre-Louis and Marsh will help fill the role at strongside linebacker in Morgan’s absence; Morgan had beat out Marsh and Eric Pinkins to win the starting job, but it hasn’t really shown on the field yet as being that important of a position battle.

To fill Morgan’s open spot on the roster, the team added linebacker Jordan Tripp to the 53-man roster. Tripp was a fifth round pick of the Miami Dolphins out of Montana in 2014. He played sparingly for the Dolphins over 13 games that season and then in 12 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars last year with one start. He was signed to the practice squad one month ago after being cut by the Jaguars.

In other injury news, defensive end Quinton Jefferson had surgery on his hand and could be out 2-3 weeks. It’s been a rough go so far for nearly every player the Seahawks drafted this year — Germain Ifedi, Jarran Reed, Nick Vannett, C.J. Prosise, and Jefferson have all missed regular season action with injuries. Alex Collins, Rees Odhiambo, and Joey Hunt have all been pretty healthy but are relegated to backup duty.

In even further news, the team released tackle Terry Poole and quarterback Jake Heaps.