The Seahawks placed linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven and receiver John Ursua on injured reserve Monday. Both players sustained knee injuries in Saturday's preseason loss to Denver that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll described as serious.
"Johnny U and BBK, both of those guys got hurt seriously tonight, and it breaks our hearts," Carroll said after the game. "This is a rough game and sometimes it takes a toll, and those two kids are hurt."
The Seahawks also waived quarterback Alex McGough and Cedrick Lattimore Monday, and a day earlier they waived tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson, which means their roster is now at 80 players ahead of Tuesday's deadline to reduce rosters from 85 to 80.
The loss of Burr-Kirven not only hurts Seattle's linebacker depth—he had been the top backup at middle linebacker behind Bobby Wagner—but it's also a blow on special teams where the former University of Washington standout was one of Seattle's top contributors the past two seasons. Ursua, who like Burr-Kirven was part of the 2019 draft class, made the roster as a rookie but appeared in only three games, then spent last season on the practice squad.
McGough, a 2018 seventh-round pick, spent his rookie season on Seattle's practice squad, then later spent time with the Jaguars and Texans before re-signing with Seattle's practice squad late last season. Lattimore, who signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent, spent most of last season on the practice squad, then was elevated for Seattle's Wild Card game against the Rams. Wood-Anderson, who went undrafted last year, signed with Seattle after the draft and was waived that summer, then re-signed with the Seahawks in June.