The Seahawks have indeed used their once-per-season of the injured-reserve with a designation to return in eight weeks on nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane, who re-injured his groin in last week's opening win over Green Bay. If he gets healthy enough by then Lane is eligible to return for the Nov. 9 home game against the New York Giants.
The corresponding move on the 53-man active roster is Seattle signing former Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas. Thomas said he flew in last night at 9:30 from Charlotte, N.C, from the home he has there with his wife and two-year-old son (named Dallas; Dad grew up in Cedar Hill, Texas). He had a tryout this morning here in Renton that included a 40-yard dash -- and then signed a contract and went right to the Seahawks practice that just ended.
From unemployed to the active roster of the Super Bowl champions, who need a nickel back for Sunday's game against San Diego.
"It wouldn't call it strange," he said of his sudden life change for the (way) better. "It's just, always be ready."
Thomas' bio from the Panthers, who cut him Aug. 30 amid the final roster moves of the preseason, is here. He played 29 games the last two years in Carolina, and was Dallas' final cut in the 2011 preseason after the Cowboys had drafted him in the fifth round out of the University of Buffalo in the 2011 draft.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Thomas (a listed one inch shorter and five pounds lighter than Lane) says he's only played outside as cornerback in the NFL but that he is "familiar" with the inside, nickel position.
"I'm obviously open to playing any position," Thomas said with a smile.
The Seahawks used Marcus Burley, acquired two Saturday ago from Indianapolis, at nickel against the Packers after Lane got hurt in the third quarter, and Carroll said he was impressed. They could also move Byron Maxwell inside to slot and put Burley, the bigger DeShawn Shead or now Thomas outside at corner against the Chargers, though I don't expect the Seahawks to be in nickel this weekend like the 92 percent of the defensive snaps they were in nickel against Green Bay.
Asked what his impressions are of the Seahawks, Thomas used three words: "Competitive. Consistent. And disciplined."
OK, with the "and" that's four words.
And he had a good one when asked about what he recalls from last year's Seahawks' opener at Carolina.
"I remember 15 came up and got the ball over me at the end of the game," Thomas said.
"15," of course, is Jermaine Kearse, whose catch in Charlotte last September pulled out a win on the road for the Seahawks.
MCDONALD AS NEW DEFENSIVE TACKLE
Thomas isn't the only Panther-turned-Seahawk.
But there is far more to Andrew McDonald's story than him signing today with the Seahawks onto the active roster off of Carolina's practice squad.
Today is McDonald's 26th birthday. So this isn't a bad gift, eh?
"Can't ask for a better birthday present," he said, smiling.
The 6-5, 317-pound McDonald just looks like an offensive tackle. Sitting in his locker following practice he looked plain big. That, and tired, with sweat dripping from his head and face as he talked.
He said he got word Thursday night from his agent that the Seahawks were about to sign him and free him from Panthers' practice-squadness. Per the league's collective bargaining agreement McDonald is guaranteed three-weeks' pay and a spot on the active roster for a minimum of three weeks.
His bio from Carolina is here. He says the last time he played guard was "a little bit" in college at Indiana. His last season with the Hoosiers was 2011. He signed in 2012 with Miami as an undrafted free agent. He was named as one of three targets of the hazing with Miami that got offensive lineman Richie Incognito kicked off the Dolphins.
But what is far more noteworthy and impressive: McDonald is still undergoing semi-monthly CT scans and blood test to ensure the testicular cancer he beat this spring stays away.
McDonald said he noticed a lump in May and alerted trainers. He had surgery to remove the growth the next day. Getting to it right away cured him of the cancer; he says he hasn't had to take medication or undergo any treatments since the surgery, other than the first follow-up CT scan and blood test in June that will continue every other month for a while.
"I'm 100 percent," he said. "I feel great."
So when he said being on the active roster of the Super Bowl champions is "a huge blessing" it's so in more ways than one.
--All players had a union meeting with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith following practice, so the locker room was as vacant as it ever will be. McDonald and Thomas were two of the few players who were in the locker room for any extended time. So when you see multiple, seemingly repetitive stories on each of them the next two days from Seattle-area media outlets you'll know why.
--The team is off from practicing on Tuesday, the NFL's standard day off during a Sunday-game week.