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Originally published Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 7:19 PM

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Seahawks cut offensive lineman Chester Pitts, add Mike Gibson to roster

Seahawks cut offensive lineman Chester Pitts, who was signed in July but had not played a game for Seattle while recovering from knee surgery.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Chester Pitts was not going to be ready to play Sunday for the Seahawks.

Now, it's a question if the offensive lineman ever will play for Seattle after the Seahawks released him Thursday to make room to re-sign Mike Gibson.

Pitts, who signed in late July, was coming back from microfracture surgery on his right knee. He was released before he played in a game.

"We're hoping Chester is going to get well," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He's just got to get over the hump. He's close, but he's not able to go yet. And so we need a spot, and so we had to create that."

It is the latest change at a position that has been in a state of flux for more than five weeks.

When the week began, Carroll expressed hope the Seahawks on Sunday could play both Pitts and left tackle Russell Okung, the first-round pick who is coming back from a high ankle sprain suffered Aug. 21.

Pitts and Okung did practice on Wednesday, but while Okung returned to the field Thursday, Pitts did not.

"He wasn't going to be able to practice," Carroll said, "so that's the message that we weren't going to be able to get him back in time."

So Seattle cut him. Why? Because the Seahawks were strapped for a roster spot. Of the 10 offensive linemen on the 53-man roster, two — Allen Barbre and Breno Giacomini — were added this week, and they were scrambling just to learn the terminology.

"What they called an apple, we called an orange," said Art Valero, Seattle's offensive line coach.

Additionally, right tackle Sean Locklear (knee) did not practice Thursday.

With all those question marks, Seattle needed someone who would be ready to play Sunday. That wasn't going to be Pitts, so Gibson was added to back up Ben Hamilton at left guard.

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Cutting Pitts does not rule out the possibility he could be re-signed.

"I'm hoping Chester understands what we're doing here," Carroll said. "We needed a roster spot, and he can't play."

Notes

• Seahawks LB Aaron Curry (hamstring) returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday's workout. Curry left last week's game with a strained hamstring, but has indicated it was not serious. CB Marcus Trufant and DT Brandon Mebane did not practice, and neither did DE Chris Clemons (ankle).

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com

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