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Seahawks fill open spot on 53-man active roster with a new-old backup center

The Seahawks have filled their open roster spot for depth behind center Justin Britt.

Joey Hunt is getting promoted from the practice squad onto the active roster, his agent Jerry Marlatt confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

The Seahawks have had 52 players on their 53-man roster since Saturday when they put reserve linebacker and special-teams player Josh Forrest on injured reserve. They played Sunday night’s win over Philadelphia essentially two players below the maximum on their active roster; coach Pete Carroll has said strong safety Kam Chancellor will not play again this season because of a neck-nerve injury.

Chancellor has yet to go on injured reserve and the Seahawks stayed at 52 players likely for the same reason they released future Hall-of-Fame pass rusher Dwight Freeney last month: to save money. The team has been hard against its salary-cap limit for 2017.

Seattle drafted Hunt in the sixth round in 2016 out of Texas Christian. He made one start as a rookie, last year when Britt had an ankle injury and missed the November loss at Tampa Bay. The Seahawks released Hunt this Sept. 2 before the start of the regular season because they had rookie second-round Ethan Pocic to be the new backup center, and then they signed Hunt to the practice squad.

Pocic has been starting at left guard when Luke Joeckel was out from knee surgery for five weeks ending last month. Since Joeckel’s return Pocic has been the starting right guard. Hunt’s promotion means Pocic can stay at guard should Britt get injured.