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Eight is enough? It’s too many, as wide receivers Kevin Norwood and Phil Bates inactive for Seahawks

Posted Sep 4, 2014

With eight wide receivers on their 53-man roster, the Seahawks have included two among their inactive players for Thursday night’s regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers: Kevin Norwood and Phil Bates.


There’s Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. There’s also Paul Richardson, Ricardo Lockette and Bryan Walters. And that’s why Kevin Norwood and Phil Bates are among the Seahawks’ inactive players for their regular-season opener in Thursday night’s nationally televised game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field.

Eight isn’t just enough when it comes to wide receivers, it’s too many.

Harvin, Baldwin and Kearse are featured in the three-receiver sets the Seahawks deploy so often. Richardson and Lockette play in situational packages, while Lockette and Walters also contribute on special teams. And that’s why Norwood and Bates are among the inactive players. Norwood also is coming off a procedure to remove a bone spur from one of his feet, while Bates was just re-signed on Wednesday after being released on Monday – after he had made the cut on the roster reduction from 75 to 53 players on Saturday.

The Seahawks’ inactive players:
WR Phil Bates
TE Cooper Helfet
RB Christine Michael
WR Kevin Norwood
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
DE Greg Scruggs
CB Tharold Simon

The Packers’ inactive players:
TE Brandon Bostick
LB Carl Bradford
LB Jayrone Elliott
CB Demetri Goodson
WR Jeff Janis
DT Mike Pennel
QB Scott Tolzien
C/OG J.C. Tretter