Intent on making a deal on Black Friday, the Seattle Seahawks were awarded cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy on waivers from the Indianapolis Colts. Purifoy is a 6'1, 189 pound rookie from the University of Florida who went undrafted in May partly due to off-field issues ranging from a 2013 arrest for drugs and reportedly a similar, uncharged incident early this year.
Though Purifoy was on the injury report this week with a concussion, the team reportedly waived him for a string of disciplinary issues. Purifoy had beaten out cornerback Marcus Burley in the preseason for a spot on the 53-man roster, forcing the team to trade Burley to Seattle. The Seahawks now have both young cornerbacks on the roster.
Purifoy played in all 11 games, mainly on special teams, recording seven tackles and a forced fumble.
In order to make room on the roster for Purifoy, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury that has kept him out for the last two games. KPL had been looking decent with increased reps due to the injuries of guys like Malcolm Smith and Bobby Wagner, but his season ends with 13 tackles and a fumble recovery. Seattle drafted him in the fourth round along with Cassius Marsh and Kevin Norwood.
Two of those guys are now on IR (KPL is the 14th player placed on IR by the Seahawks this year) and the other has five catches. Of the seven guys drafted after Paul Richardson and Justin Britt, Norwood is the only guy currently on the active roster. Eric Pinkins is on the NFI, while Jimmy Staten, Garrett Scott, and Kiero Small were let go. (Scott for extenuating circumstances, of course.)
Perhaps Purifoy, who NFL.com's pre-draft scouting report said had "starter-caliber athleticism," can help give Seattle an improved rookie class and a boost for the final month of the season. They've done some amazing things with corners given up on by other teams. If he can just stay out of trouble.