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Lemuel Jeanpierre returns to Seahawks
When Pete Carroll announced on Monday that Pro Bowl center Max Unger would be sidelined three to four weeks after getting a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seahawks’ coach was asked if the return of Lemuel Jeanpierre was an option.
“Of course he is, everybody’s an option,” Carroll said.
Jeanpierre, as it turned out, was the best option as the veteran lineman was re-signed Tuesday.
The club also signed defensive tackle Travian Robertson off the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad to help in the line rotation after nose tackle Brandon Mebane was placed on injured reserve last week because of a hamstring injury. To clear spots on the 53-man roster, offensive tackle Andrew McDonald and defensive back Steven Terrell were waived.
Jeanpierre was with the team until Sept. 3, when he was placed on injured reserve and then waived with an injury settlement. At that time, Unger was healthy and Stephen Schilling was the backup center. But Schilling was placed on IR two weeks ago.
Patrick Lewis stepped in on Sunday after Unger was taken from the field at Arrowhead Stadium on a cart. But he has played in only three NFL games, with one start. Jeanpierre started three games last season when Unger was injured and five in 2011 – one at center and the final four at right guard.
The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Jeanpierre originally joined the Seahawks in 2010 as a member of the practice squad. He was added to the 53-man roster in January, but did not play in either postseason game. Jeanpierre played in 16 games in 2011 and 2013 and 15 in 2012. Read