Head coach Jim Mora confirmed this afternoon that the team re-signed D.D. Lewis in order to fill in depth at linebacker. Mora said Leroy Hill will be out a few weeks with a lower stomach, groin strain.
“We’re lucky he’s still there,” Mora said about Lewis. “We’re lucky he wanted to rejoin us. D.D.’s a guy who a lot of players on this team have a lot of respect for. He’s been a captain. So the guys were excited to have him back in the locker room.”
In order to make room for Lewis, Mora said the team waived defensive lineman Derek Walker. Mora said if Walker clears waivers he could be a possible practice squad guy for Seattle.
Mora also said that there’s a possibility that offensive tackle Walter Jones and center Chris Spencer could return to practice this week, but with the way the offensive line is playing he doesn’t want to rush both players back into the lineup, and would rather take the time to make sure both are healthy.
Will Herring, who went in for Hill during Sunday’s game, will get the start at outside linebacker this week.
“My job as the backup player is to just step in, and we can’t miss a beat,” Herring said. “We’ve got 10 other guys that are great defensive players. As a new guy I’ve just got to go in and do my job.”
Linebacker Lofa Tatapu did injure his hamstring but should be ready to go this week.
Mora said the team decided before Deion Branch was tested by trainers during pre-game warm-ups on Sunday that he wasn’t ready to go. Mora said he doesn’t know when Branch will be back, but hopefully this week.
Mora said as far as the play calling defensively, he offered suggestions but let Gus Bradley do most of the play calling on Sunday. Mora said the Seahawks did not blitz that much, and most of the pressure came on the four-man rush by the defensive front.