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July 28, 2008 8:51 AM

The mystery of the 81st member of the roster answered

Posted by Danny O'Neil

It's a question that has kept you up at night, right? A puzzle worthy of some serious CSI attention. How oh how do the Seahawks have 81 players on an 80-man roster.

OK. So maybe no one really cares all that much or notices, but in the effort of being complete -- if not informationally overbearing -- I have the answer. Offensive lineman Samuel Gutekunst, a friendly enough German who's here in training camp. He's part of the league's international development program and was placed with the Seahawks for this season. He will compete in training camp and be part of the team's practice squad, but he doesn't count against either the 80-man roster limit in training camp or the eight-player allotment for the practice squad.

So there you go. No you can sleep easier with the mystery of the 81st player solved.

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Posted by Willmore

11:55 AM, Jul 28, 2008

It was a mystery? Didn't the league announce this 5 months or so ago?

Posted by Brett

8:12 PM, Jul 28, 2008

Hmmm.. this was a mystery to you? Makes me wonder..

I think most true Seahawks fans knew this at the time it was announced, which was weeks ago.. They get to keep him on the practice squad all year..


Posted by Alan

8:40 PM, Jul 28, 2008

iF HE TURNS OUT GOOD CAN HE BE MOVED TO THE 53 MAN ROSTER?

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