Two days after releasing Bryan Walters on their final cut-down to 53 players, the Seahawks announced they have re-signed the fifth-year wide receiver to the active roster. To make room for Walters, third-year wideout Phil Bates was released.
The Kirkland, Wash. native and former Juanita High School standout Walters returns to his hometown team after racking up 197 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in work as a pass catcher, punt returner and kickoff returner in the Seahawks' preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders last week. Walters, who's on the practice field today ahead of Thursday night's regular-season opener against the defending NFC North champion Green Bay Packers, will wear the familiar No. 19 he wore during last year's run with Seattle through Super Bowl XLVIII.
In addition to Walters, the Seahawks filled out the remaining two spots on their 10-man practice squad, signing defensive end Julius Warmsley and defensive back Josh Aubrey, who are also on the practice field today at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Warmsley, a rookie who went undrafted out of Tulane, worked in training camp with the Houston Texans, while the second-year pro Aubrey spent 2013 with Cleveland Browns.