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Seahawks make roster moves. None help their offense, though

Garrison Smith (98) in on a tackle last season in a win over San Francisco, one of three games the defensive lineman played before going on Seattle’s injured-reserve list last season. On Tuesday, the Seahawks signed Smith off their practice squad to the active roster. They waived defensive end David Bass.
Garrison Smith (98) in on a tackle last season in a win over San Francisco, one of three games the defensive lineman played before going on Seattle’s injured-reserve list last season. On Tuesday, the Seahawks signed Smith off their practice squad to the active roster. They waived defensive end David Bass. toverman@theolympian.com

The Seahawks made some off-day roster moves.

Sorry, none of them help the offense you’ve been screaming at.

Seattle waived defensive end David Bass days before it plays Bass’ former team, the Tennessee Titans. The Seahawks signed defensive lineman Garrison Smith off their practice squad to take Bass’ place on the 53-man active roster.

Smith played in three games last season after the Seahawks claimed him off waivers from San Francisco. He went on Seattle’s injured-reserve list in October. The team waived him this month at the end of the preseason then signed him to the practice squad.

Bass signed with Seattle as free agent in May. He got turned inside last weekend when San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde cut back outside of him on a 61-yard run in the first half to set up a 49ers field goal. Seattle was controlling the game until that point, leading 6-0. The Seahawks then had to rally to win its home opener 12-9.

Also on the players’ day off from practice, the team signed to its practice squad defensive back Tyvis Powell and linebacker Joseph Jones. Seattle released linebacker Austin Calitro from its practice squad.

Powell played eight games last season for the Seahawks as an unlikely, undrafted rookie free agent out of Ohio State.

Powell grew up in the Cleveland suburb of Bedford, Ohio, without a father. Powell quit football before his junior year of high school. He didn’t see anybody getting college athletic scholarships at his school, so his plan was to just get a job around town. That, and lay around playing video games.

"All he did was play ‘Madden,’" Bedford High School coach Sean Williams told me last year. “I said, ‘Let’s work! Instead of playing the game let’s get you ON the game."

Now, after a stint with his hometown Browns, Powell is back with the Seahawks, at least onto their practice squad. Here’s the full read on why that’s a good story.

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