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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

August 31, 2012 at 6:09 PM

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QB Josh Portis among the Seahawks released Friday

The Seahawks announced their roster cuts Friday.

Waived: DB Phillip Adams, DE Pierre Allen, LB Allen Bradford, WR Deon Butler, WR Kris Durham, G Paul Fanaika, G Rishaw Johnson, WR Jermaine Kearse, LB Kyle Knox, DE Cordarro Law, WR Ricardo Lockette, TE Sean McGrath, C Kris O'Dowd, QB Josh Portis, DB DeShawn Shead, LB Korey Toomer, WR Lavasier Tuinei.

Waived/injured: TE Cooper Helfet, RB Vai Taua.

Injured Reserve: LB Matt McCoy.

Physically Unable to Perform: DB Walter Thurmond.

Suspended: G Allen Barbre.

The moves that could be considered a surprise were moving James Carpenter from the Physically Unable to Perform list to the active roster. He had not practiced all training camp, and the team could have decided to put him on the reserve/PUP list, save a roster spot and begin practicing him after the sixth game. The fact he's on the active roster means the Seahawks expect him to start practicing in the next few weeks.

Also, Kregg Lumpkin made the team as a fifth running back. The team had four running backs heading into last season.

CB Phillip Adams appeared to be the No. 3 cornerback at one point in training camp, stepping up to get time with the first-unit defense when Brandon Browner sat out a practice. He was waived, however, which shows that Byron Maxwell and rookie Jeremy Lane improved over the course of training camp.

Rookie Cordarro Law very well might have been the toughest player for the Seahawks to exclude. He was very versatile in his time with the Seahawks, playing defensive end, practicing at linebacker and playing some defensive tackle in the Seahawks' nickel defense.

Russell WilsonMarshawn LynchSidney RiceGolden Tate
Matt FlynnRobert TurbinBraylon EdwardsDoug Baldwin
 Leon WashingtonCharly MartinBen Obomanu
 Michael Robinson  
 Kregg Lumpkin  
Russell OkungPaul McQuistanMax UngerZach Miller
Breno GiacominiJohn MoffittLemuel JeanpierreKellen Winslow
Frank OmiyaleJ.R. Sweezy Anthony McCoy
 James Carpenter  
Chris ClemonsAlan BranchK.J. WrightLeroy Hill
Red BryantBrandon MebaneBobby WagnerHeath Farwell
Bruce IrvinClinton McDonaldMike MorganMalcolm Smith
Greg ScruggsJason Jones  
 Jaye Howard  
Richard ShermanBrandon BrownerEarl ThomasLS Clint Gresham
Marcus TrufantJeremy LaneKam ChancellorP Jon Ryan
Byron Maxwell Jeron JohnsonK Steven Hauschka
  Chris Maragos 
  Winston Guy 

One player remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which does not count against the 53-man limit: CB Walter Thurmond. He can not begin practicing with the Seahawks until after the team's sixth game

One player is on the suspended list: G Allen Barbre, who will miss the first four games after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

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