With linebacker Bruce Irvin sidelined by a knee injury, the Seahawks made a roster move to bolster linebacker depth Saturday, signing Eric Pinkins off the practice squad. Running back Bryce Brown was waived to make room on the 53-man roster.
Pinkins, a sixth-round pick out of San Diego State last year, played safety in college, but was originally drafted to play cornerback. He spent time practicing at both cornerback and safety last summer, but missed the 2014 season with a foot injury. When the Seahawks returned to work in the spring with offseason workouts, Pinkins began the conversion from defensive back to strongside linebacker, and while he did not make the roster out of camp, he did land on the practice squad.
Asked about Pinkins' transition to linebacker during training camp, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, "Pink's doing really well, I've talked about him a number of times already here at camp, he looks and plays really fast. He's a four-four guy playing on the edge so you see it jump out at you. He's been very tough, he's learning the job. I think I said before too that he's seemed like the most improved guy coming from where he came from."
Mike Morgan is expected to start in Irvin's place in Sunday's game against San Francisco, and now Pinkins will be available for depth at that position.
Brown, who was signed last month when there was uncertainty about Thomas Rawls' availability because of a calf injury, has been inactive for both of his games with Seattle.