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Seahawks put DE Greg Scruggs on IR, add DE DeMarcus Dobbs off waivers; Lane may share nickel with Burley

The Seahawks have placed defensive end Greg Scruggs on injured reserve three days after he injured his knee against Oakland. Seattle has claimed defensive end DeMarcus Dobbs off

waivers from San Francisco. Dobbs, an undrafted free agent from Georgia in 2011, has played six games for the 49ers this season and has been on their special-teams units as well as defense.

Scruggs missed all of last season following knee surgery. Coach Pete Carroll said following the Seahawks' win over the Raiders last Sunday that Scruggs had a sore knee that was a different injury than last year's.

There could be another roster move this week, that is, if the Seahawks decide to activate nickel back Jeremy Lane off the IR-with-a-designation-to-return list.

Seattle may like his fill-in, this fall's revelation Marcus Burley, so much it doesn't need Lane as much as it thought it would.

"It's great to have him back out there. He's got a great spirit about him, and we love having him out there. There's a special energy that he brings, which is fun," Carroll said of the nickel back in the Sept. 4 opener against Green Bay who has been out since with a groin injury. "But he's got to work his way back in. We are really happy with what Marcus has done."

Does that mean Lane will "blend" in with Burley for nickel-back sets, in which Seattle has been for the majority of snaps in six of eight games this season?

Carroll said: "I think 'blend' is a good word."

So, no, Lane won't be moving right back in completely for Burley beginning Sunday against the Giants. In fact, it's not a given Lane will even be playing against New York.

Even though Lane said today he is "definitely, 100-percent" healthy.

"We won't rush him," Carroll said. "We'll see how this week goes."

The Seahawks have indeed struck it rich with Burley, for whom general manager John Schneider traded a sixth-round draft choice to Indianapolis on Aug. 30

One place Lane -- and perhaps Dobbs -- can help immensely is on special teams. Seattle's kicking teams were filled last weekend with fill-ins having larger-than-preferred roles.

Steven Terrell, L.J. Fort and Terrance Parks -- all recently off the practice squad -- combined for a total of 44 special-teams snaps against Oakland.

Three days later, none of them are even on the team anymore.

--The Seahawks made one other move, with its practice squad, signing defensive end Ryan Robinson to it.

--Here's the video start to Carroll's comments today. He is joking at the start about someone leaving his or her cell phone at the podium to record.

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