RENTON — Early Saturday afternoon, defensive tackle Michael Brooks and wide receiver Bryan Walters were in the team hotel in north Atlanta.
Each received a call.
Brooks was informed he was being added from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and would be active for Sunday’s game against the Falcons.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider called Walters and told him he had been cut from the active roster to make room for Brooks.
Walters had two options: watch the game from the stands and fly home with the team. Or take a flight back to Seattle alone that night.
He landed at Sea-Tac later that evening.
“You’ve got to just not take it personal,” Walters said. “It’s the nature of the business. It happens. They need a certain amount of certain people for certain positions when injuries go down. That’s just kind of the
position we’re in as players and how injuries affect us. Even if it’s not your position group, it could have an effect on some other position because they have to make room.”
Brooks was told earlier in the week he might be added to the roster. He played 15 snaps against Atlanta and had a tackle.
He’s used to this. Brooks was released Aug. 31, then re-signed to the practice squad Sept. 2. He was released again Sept. 11. He was re-signed Sept. 12, only to be released Sept. 19 then re-signed Sept. 20.
The day after the Atlanta game, Brooks was released from the 53-man roster to make room for wide receiver Percy Harvin. Wednesday, he was re-signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers. He’s been part of 10 transactions since Aug. 31.
“I feel like it’s a blessing just to have a job,” Brooks, a rookie from East Carolina, said. “I just take it as it comes. I don’t expect too much. Work hard, whatever happens, happens.”
Being moved around during the week is more common than receiving a call less than 24 hours before a game that you are cut from the team.
Walters has been bounced around less than Brooks. Still, mentally navigating it can be challenging.
“It’s not easy,” Walters said. “It’s not easy at all. You want to get mad at everybody about it. At the end of the day, you still have a job here. You can’t complain too much.
“You just try not to think ... these things are out of your control, that’s the thing. The second you try to grasp them and understand what’s going on is the second you start losing your mind. It was out of my control, so you just say, all right, whatever, forget about it and move on and see what happens.”
After being cut, Walters, who went to Juanita High School, waits and wonders if he will clear waivers. He could be snagged by any team and playing on the opposite coast Monday.
“Everyone who is close to me knows that’s kind of just part of it,” Walters said. “You don’t know where you’re going to be at certain points in time. You can move just like that.”
Or return just like that.
Wednesday, Walters was getting ready for practice in Renton. The locker next to his belonged to this week’s ghost.
Wide receiver Arceto Clark was released Tuesday for the third time this season to make room for Walters on the practice squad.
“It’s heartbreaking for the guys,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “Some guys have been flipped back and forth a number of times, and those guys get a little more accustom to it. They understand what the situation is.
“But some guys don’t know if they’re ever going to come back so it’s a big deal, and we respect it tremendously.”
There was no further update on cornerback Brandon Browner, who left Sunday’s game in the first half with a groin injury. ... Harvin (hip) practiced Wednesday, as did offensive linemen Max Unger, Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung. ... Cornerback Richard Sherman did not practice because of a hip problem. ... Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (hamstring) also did not practice. ... Fullback Derrick Coleman (hamstring), safety Kam Chancellor (hip) and defensive end Red Bryant (concussion) were all limited participants in practice.