RENTON — Cornerback Perrish Cox hopes his stay with the Seahawks lasts a little longer this time.
Seattle re-signed Cox, 26, on Tuesday after it put safety Jeron Johnson on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury.
The Seahawks signed Cox on Nov. 26 – he started the season with the 49ers – then cut him Nov. 27. It was good news-bad news for Cox.
The good news was his release allowed Cox to return home to Waco, Texas for Thanksgiving, where his mom cooked the feast.
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He also knew that the Seahawks expected to bring him back. Though he did not state it specifically, it appears clear the Seahawks cut Cox that day to leave a 53-man roster spot open for Brandon Browner, whose appeal of a one-year suspension was heard the same day Cox was signed and cut.
So, Cox flew home.
“It’s nothing that I can control,” Cox said. “As long as I am back now, that’s the only thing I am looking forward to.”
Johnson injured a hamstring again Sunday – he had injured the other earlier this season – making way for Cox. Johnson will not need surgery, coach Pete Carroll said.
The emergence of second-year player DeShawn Shead at safety prompted the Seahawks to go with a cornerback to replace Johnson. Cox’s main role, initially, will be on special teams coverage. He can return kicks, which he did for the 49ers in their Week 2 loss in Seattle, but will also be a reserve in that role.
The Seahawks will be sticking with running back Robert Turbin to return kicks because he handles the ball well in traffic, according to Carroll.
Cox was a cornerback at Oklahoma State before Denver drafted him in the fifth round in 2010. He joined the 49ers in 2012 and began playing interior defensive back for the first time.
“Now, I’m able to do much more than just the corner,” Cox said.
Cox is in an envious spot. He made it to the Super Bowl last season with the 49ers before being cut Nov. 12. He now has a shot to return with the Seahawks, who are tied for the best record in the NFL.
“The back door from one Super Bowl … hopefully, we can make it to another,” Cox said. “That’s the greatest.”
Cox was part of the ongoing San Francisco-Seattle transaction news. The rivals have swapped a handful of players this year. Quarterback B.J. Daniels started the season with the 49ers before being claimed by the Seahawks. Seattle draft pick Chris Harper was cut and picked up by the 49ers, before they later cut him.
Tuesday, San Francisco signed offensive lineman and Seattle seventh-round pick Ryan Seymour off the Seahawks’ practice squad.
“This is my new team, so this is where all my love is,” Cox said.
HARVIN NOT PRACTICING
Wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) did not practice Wednesday, but did rehabilitation work.
“It’s week-to-week,” Carroll said. “We’re trying to figure this thing out and when he gets out on the practice field, then it’s truly day-to-day and we’ll see how he responds.
“That means that he’s running in his rehab work and we have to see if he can tolerate it and come on back and give us a couple of days’ work. We’ll have to make sure that he’s right. So we’re going to take our time and I know it seems like, ‘How can you take your time when you’re this close to the end of the season?’ But, we still have to do that to take care of him.”
Carroll said Harvin is still getting accustomed to the “new movement” in his hip following his Aug. 1 surgery.
Cornerback Richard Sherman (foot), wide receiver Doug Baldwin (neck), tight end Zach Miller (ribs) and running back Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.
Linebacker K.J. Wright had surgery on the broken bone in his right foot Tuesday in North Carolina. He’s expected to miss up to six weeks. The Seahawks signed Mike Taylor out of Wisconsin to the practice squad to add linebacker depth.