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Seahawks, already thin at WR, release Urban

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks, already thinned by injuries
at wide receiver, released Jerheme Urban, who has a stress fracture
in his left foot.

Urban started his second career game Sunday at Arizona. He had a
46-yard catch late in the second quarter to set up a Seahawks
touchdown before getting hurt. In four games this season, he caught
seven passes for 151 yards.

Seattle waived him Sept. 13, then re-signed him Oct. 4 after
starting receivers Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram were injured.

Jackson remains out indefinitely after arthroscopic surgery on
his right knee, and Engram is just one game back from breaking two
ribs. But Seattle still waived Urban because the third-year veteran
had signed a contract waiver requiring his release should he have
the same foot stress fracture that cost him the final three games
of last season.

"The business decision is what it is," coach Mike Holmgren
said Wednesday. "When I talked to him, I felt horrible -- forget
the business decision -- about him getting hurt. It's just too bad,
because he's one of my favorite guys and he was really doing well.

"But that is a policy we have around here for guys to sign off
their history, [for] free agents with a pre-exisiting injury."

Urban's sudden departure leaves a still-healing Engram and
veteran Joe Jurevicius as the starting receivers for the Seahawks
(6-2) entering Sunday's pivotal NFC West game against second-place
St. Louis (4-4). Seattle's league-leading offense will have 2004
fifth-round draft choice D.J. Hackett, who made his second career
start in last month's win at St. Louis, in Urban's place as the
third receiver. Former Cincinnati Bengal Peter Warrick is the
fourth receiver.

"It's a concern," Holmgren said.

Holmgren hasn't been totally happy with what he termed Hackett's
youthful mistakes, such as a false-start penalty on the
next-to-last play of the first half against Dallas. That pushed
Seattle out of field-goal range. And Warrick had disappeared from
the offense since dropping a first-half pass against the Cowboys.
Last week in practice, Cincinnati's former first-round pick was
running Arizona's plays on the scout team.

"Hackett and Warrick have to step up," Holmgren said.