Wide receiver Nick Miller #17 of the St. Louis Rams is brought down by linebacker O'Brien Schofield #50 of the Arizona Cardinals in the second half of the game on November 27, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 23-20. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
The team claimed LB O'Brien Schofield off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. He's now worked through three practices with his new team and is already leaving an impression with his coaches.
"I am so impressed. He looks the part. He walks like a linebacker, talks like a linebacker." linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. said. "...He's made a fantastic first impression."
Head coach Pete Carroll said they like Schofield coming out of the draft a few season back and were surprised when they had the chance to finally get him to Seattle.
"This was one of the guys that we were trying to get in the draft. We had a place that we were going to pick him, but unfortunately for us, he went before that," Carroll said.
"He's quick and strong enough to be physical when he needs to be. He's got a really good sense. He's just a natural outside backer, 6'2, 250-something pounds. We are very fortunate to get him."
Schofield has been working at strong-side linebacker for Seattle in his first days with the team. He also will get work at LEO later on as he gets better acclimated to Seattle's defensive scheme.
Schofield gives Seattle some additional depth, especially for early in the season with DE Chris Clemons' availability still uncertain for the start of the season and DE Bruce Irvin set to serve a four-game suspension.
"It helps us," Carroll said. "And, you know it will help us with Chris Clemons too because he is a legitimate outside rusher on third down. He played on a really good third down team last year with Arizona, and it looks like he could contribute to us."
Schofield is happy for the new opportunity with the Seahawks. He wasn't thrilled with how his release was handled by the Cardinals, but he believed it was all for the best as he now joins a team with Super Bowl hopes.
"When you do your work and put stuff on film, you're always auditioning for 31 other teams. You never know when that time comes when a team doesn't need your services anymore and someone else can use you," Schofield said.
"I'm still grateful to the Cardinals that they gave me the opportunity from the get-go and now I'm just ready to start fresh and compete with these guys and work to win a championship."
The Seahawks claimed WR Perez Ashford off waivers from the New England Patriots and signed former Washington State TE Andrei Lintz following the conclusion of Thursday's practice. The team also waived RB Ray Holley and waived/injured WR Greg Herd.
Herd appeared to injure his right shoulder in practice and was wearing a wrap on his shoulder on the practice field.
The Seahawks continued to see a large number of players sidelined for Thursday's practice session. A total of 20 players appeared to miss the majority of practice.
Seven players remain on the PUP and NFI lists for Seattle. WR Percy Harvin (hip), DE Chris Clemons (knee), DT Greg Scruggs (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot), TE Zach Miller (foot) and RB Robert Turbin (foot) remain on the physically unable to perform list. LB Korey Toomer (knee) remains on the non-football injury list.
Carroll said Harvin's surgery in New York went "very well" but that he still faces a long rehab process before he'll be able to return.
Harvin will remain in New York for the next few weeks to begin his rehabilitation before returning to Seattle. Carroll said they feel even more hopeful that Harvin will be able to play this season after having a chance to get all of the information back about the injury.
Harvin will likely remain on the PUP list to start the season.
DE Cliff Avril, T Michael Bowie, CB Ron Parker and TE Darren Fells were sidelined with hamstring strains. WR Sidney Rice was still absent as he returns from Switzerland.
LB Bobby Wagner has sat out the last two days with a sore shoulder. DE Kenneth Boatright continues to have his left arm in a sling.
CB Jeremy Lane had his left foot in a walking boot but Carroll said it's just a bruised foot and isn't serious. He should be back in a couple days. DT Jesse Williams missed another practice with a knee issue.
TE Michael Palmer suffered a strained groin and has sat out the last two days. LB Kyle Knox and DT Michael Brooks remained sidelined with undisclosed issues. WR Greg Herd appeared to have a shoulder issue keep him out of practice before being waived/injured after the workout.
Carroll said that none of the issues right now should keep any player out for the start of the season.
Carroll said that Clemons is doing really well and they are excited about the progress he's made. He added they have "hopeful thoughts" about his status.
He also said that Turbin and Miller should both be back in the next couple weeks with Turbin having a chance to return next week.