Struggling Seahawks decide to shut down DE Kerney

A couple of weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks were relieved when defensive end Patrick Kerney came back from shoulder surgery and felt he would be able to finish the season at some point.

That hope was extinguished on Wednesday when the Seahawks put Kerney on the injured reserve list, ending his season. They replaced him on the roster by claiming defensive end Brandon Miller on waivers. Miller was cut by the Atlanta Falcons.

Kerney had shoulder surgery during the offseason and then re-injured the shoulder, requiring surgery. Dr. James Andrews performed the operation and told Kerney and the Seahawks that he would be able to play at some point. At 2-8, the team and Kerney decided to shut him down for the year.

Kerney, a Pro Bowl defensive end for the Seahawks last season, had five sacks in seven starts before reinjuring the shoulder.

John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.