The Seahawks have placed starting nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane on the Injury Reserve with designation to return, the NFL's new de facto short term injured reserve list. Marcus Burley, acquired from the Colts for a future sixth-round pick at roster cut-downs, is the next man up, and will get the start in the slot until Lane is back -- which will be, at the soonest, Week 11 at the Chiefs. Short term IR designated players must sit out at least eight weeks.
I say "starting nickel corner" above for Lane because while technically-speaking, he is not a starter for Seattle's defense, he and backup Marcus Burley played 57 of the Seahawks 62 snaps in Thursday's game, so it's obviously an important position, particularly against pass-heavy or spread-offense type teams.
The Seahawks also reportedly host former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Virginia University of Lynchburg CB Keith Lewis today. My guess is that Lewis, who per some sources had a good preseason in Tampa Bay (including a pick in Week 4), will be signed as long as the workout and physical go well. We'll just have to wait and see about that, though. Lewis is 5'11, 194, and had excellent speed scores in the pre-Draft phase.
For now -- it's a tough loss to see Lane gone for the next eight weeks. He looked strong against Green Bay before leaving when he aggravated his groin injury. Groin injuries can take a while to completely heal so obviously the Seahawks want to take the slow approach to getting him back and ready for the stretch run.
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