The Seahawks added to their offensive line depth by turning to a familiar face, re-signing center Lemuel Jeanpierre on Tuesday. Jeanpierre, who was released prior to the start of the season, spent the past four seasons in Seattle, starting 11 games at center and guard, including three starts at center last season.
The Seahawks also activated fullback Derrick Coleman from the reserve/suspended list a day after head coach Pete Carroll said that move was coming. Carroll said Monday that Coleman, who was in a car accident last week, would have to meet with team doctors before a decision could be made on his availability this week. Cornerback Crezdon Butler was waived to make room on the roster, and linebacker Brock Coyle was placed on injured reserve/designated for return.
How Jeanpierre fits in remains to be seen, but this week's status of Patrick Lewis, who started last week's game, is up in the air because of an ankle injury. Lewis took over the starting job from Drew Nowak, who started Seattle's first five games.
Butler, who spent training camp in Detroit, was signed last week with the Seahawks dealing with multiple injuries at cornerback. While Marcus Burley is still out with a hand injury, the Seahawks are expecting to have Tye Smith back after a two-week absence because of a hip injury.
Coyle, a backup middle linebacker and a key special teams contributor, missed last week's game with a knee injury. Being placed on IR/designated for return means Coyle cannot return to the active roster for eight weeks, though he is eligible to resume practicing in six weeks.