Although he’s unlikely to be blamed, veteran DE Dwight Freeney, 37, was the first casualty of the 34-31 loss to Atlanta Monday when the Seahawks announced Tuesday afternoon that he had been waived.
The former Pro Bowl player played four games with Seattle after he was signed as an emergency replacement for injured DE Cliff Avril Oct. 25. Freeney had three sacks, but didn’t record a statistic in 17 snaps against the Falcons.
The Seahawks managed a single sack of QB Matt Ryan, and that was on the Falcons’ final scrimmage play. The Seahawks defense, hoping to take pressure off their remade secondary, wanted to bother Ryan, but he helped the Falcons convert nine of 14 third downs.
The Seahawks haven’t added anyone yet to fill the roster vacancy. They had three defensive linemen inactive Monday — Jarran Reed (hamstring), Garrison Smith and Quinton Jefferson.
Coincidentally, the Patriots waived at the same time Cassius Marsh, the former Seahawks defensive end. He and Freeney would need to clear waivers before moving to other teams as free agents.
The Seahawks (6-4) play at San Francisco (1-9) at 1 p.m. Sunday.