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Seahawks vetting 4 vets in visits on Sunday

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s looking more and more like Dion Jordan may not be ready for the start of the season. I say that because the Seattle Seahawks are set to workout two linebackers — Erik Walden, Lamarr Houston — and defensive end Damontre Moore on Sunday. They’ll also get a workout from cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who they were rumored to be interested in earlier this week.

With Jordan sidelined indefinitely, and Frank Clark also on the mend, the Seahawks have been using Barkevious Mingo at defensive end for much of training camp. That’s an issue because Mingo was expected to be the SAM linebacker on the defense, not necessarily as a pass rusher or run-stopper at the line of scrimmage. The workouts for Houston and Walden suggest that Mingo may need to stay at defensive end for the time being, and perhaps that they aren’t ready to see rookies Rasheem Green, Shaquem Griffin, and Jacob Martin take on significant roles quite yet.

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Walden, who turns 33 later this month, is a former undrafted free agent who last played for the Tennessee Titans. He appeared in all 16 games last season, making 36 tackles with four sacks. He started 60 games in the previous four seasons, all with the Indianapolis Colts. Houston, 31, played in just 10 games last year, split evenly between the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans, but still had five sacks. He had a career-high eight sacks with the Bears in 2015.

Moore, 25, played in four games for Seattle back in 2016, recording seven tackles and an assisted sack. He appeared in three games for the Dallas Cowboys last season, and his seven games in that time is a sign of how much of a struggle it has been for Moore to stay on the field and out of trouble. Pass rush is an obvious desperation for the Seahawks right now, while the interest in Rodgers-Cromartie is a little less unclear; it may be that they think he’s just too good to be a free agent, or that they think the corners need more depth and competition given what they’ve seen from the admittedly-thin group so far.

Seattle opens the preseason against the Colts on Thursday.