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Seahawks Roster Cuts 2011: DT Jay Alford, S Rickey Thenarse Released

The Seahawks got their roster down to the required 80 players today by waiving defensive tackle Jay Alford and safety Rickey Thenarse. The Alford release is a a little surprising considering the lack of depth at the defensive tackle position, but it appears his attempts to come back from a knee injury haven't panned out quite yet. You may remember Alford's name because he got a timely sack on Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLII with less than a minute to go, to help preserve the Giants' win. He tore his MCL and partially tore his ACL in the 2009 preseason and hasn't been the same since. 

Thenarse is an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska that had hoped to catch on in special teams. He is a great competitor and a hard hitter but the Seahawks are simply too deep at safety at the moment with Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Mark LeGree, Jeron Johnson, Atari Bigby, and Josh Pinkard in front of him on the depth chart (not necessarily in that order) and that meant that him finding a roster spot was virtually impossible. 

For more on the Seahawks roster moves, check out the Seahawks Roster Cuts/Free Agency StoryStream and Field Gulls.