Seahawks could no longer wait on Chester Pitts

The Seattle Seahawks, who are ailing on the offensive line, could no longer wait for guard Chester Pitts to work his way back from microfracture surgery that he had nearly a year ago.

So the Seahawks released him and re-signed Mike Gibson as a reserve interior lineman.

The Seahawks have been juggling things up front for some time and really it’s just an extension of what the team went through last season. First-round draft pick Russell Okung has been out with a high-ankle sprain. The hope is he will play on Sunday. Meanwhile, right tackle Sean Locklear has a knee issue. They already lost guard Max Unger to injured reserve.

Pitts practiced on Wednesday, according to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times, but when he couldn’t go Thursday, the decision was made to make a roster move.

“We're hoping Chester is going to get well," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He's just got to get over the hump. He's close, but he's not able to go yet. And so we need a spot, and so we had to create that.

“I'm hoping Chester understands what we're doing here," Carroll said. "We needed a roster spot, and he can't play."

The Seahawks could re-sign Pitts when he is in a better place physically.

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