Ben Obomanu Placed on IR; Kearse Signed


The Seattle Seahawks have lost wide receiver Ben Obomanu for the remainder of the season to a wrist injury. Obomanu was injured in the Sunday’s game vs the Lions and saw a specialists yesterday.

Dec 12, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin (15) hurdles receiver Ben Obomanu (87) and St. Louis Rams cornerback Rod Hood (26) at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Jermaine Kearse is a name that many in Seattle will recognize. The University of Washington product was signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent before training camp, and then landed on the Seahawks Practice squad.

This is a tough loss for the Seahawks, who are already thin at WR. Obomanu was the only player on the roster who played all 3 receiver positions, and was also the most consistent blocker of all the receivers on the roster. It was Obomanu’s blocking in the secondary help spring Marshawn Lynch for his 77 yard TD run last Sunday.

Kearse is a interesting choice for the Seahawks. He certainly didn’t stand out in training camp or the preseason, and had trouble getting open even against 3rd and 4th string corners. Kearse does know the offense though, so that might be the motivation for promoting Kearse at this point, rather than finding a more talented player.

This certainly will add to the pressure for the Seahawks to acquire a WR soon, either by trade or by signing one of the free agents out there.