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Seahawks waive WR John Ursua, promote WR Penny Hart from practice squad

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On Tuesday morning, news broke of wide receiver Penny Hart’s promotion from the practice squad to the active roster. With 53 players already on the roster, the Seahawks would need to make a corresponding move in order to sign Hart. With six wide receivers already on the roster, plus Josh Gordon to return upon reinstatement, it was safe to assume a receiver would be waived to make room for Hart.

While that proved correct, who it was may surprise some, as former seventh-round pick John Ursua was waived by Seattle on Tuesday.

Ursua had dealt with a hamstring injury earlier in training camp but appeared to get healthy in time for roster cuts, as he and fellow slot wide receiver Freddie Swain were both on the initial 53-man roster. Though Ursua will be subject to waivers, it seems like the Seahawks will want to re-sign him to their practice squad should he make it through unclaimed.

As a rookie, Ursua appeared in three games, playing 11 snaps and catching one pass, in Week 17 against the 49ers.