Seahawks send John Moffitt to Broncos after Browns void trade due to health concerns
John Moffitt was pulled from Cleveland’s practice field before he began warming up on Tuesday, then became a Denver Bronco soon after.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Guard John Moffitt won’t be going to Cleveland after all, as his trade by the Seahawks to the Browns was voided Tuesday by Cleveland due to concerns over his health.
But he also won’t be returning to Seattle, as the Seahawks then dealt him to Denver Tuesday afternoon shortly after the trade with the Browns was killed.
The Seahawks traded Moffitt on Monday for defensive end/tackle Brian Sanford. Sanford will return to the Browns.
The Seahawks will instead get defensive tackle Sealver Siliga from Denver for Moffitt.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Moffitt was pulled from the field before he began warming up for Cleveland’s Tuesday practice. He had talked to Cleveland media before the practice, saying he was “a little shocked’’ by the trade but considered it a fresh start.
There was no official confirmation on Cleveland’s specific concerns about Moffitt. But he suffered a season-ending knee injury as a rookie in 2011 and has also had elbow issues.
Seattle had planned to use Sanford as a tackle to bolster depth on its defensive front. Coach Pete Carroll answered a question about Sanford after practice Tuesday, then noted that the trade was not official yet and he probably shouldn’t have said anything.
Seattle replaced Sanford with a similar player, 6-foot-2, 325-pound Siliga, who played at Utah.
Siliga entered the league as an undrafted free agent with San Francisco in 2011, but didn’t play there before being cut and then signed by Denver.
He played in just one game for the Broncos last year, making one tackle.
He played against the Seahawks on Saturday in Seattle’s 40-10 exhibition win at CenturyLink Field, making two tackles.
Only nine players were unavailable for Seattle’s practice Tuesday, the healthiest the team has been since the beginning of camp.
Among those who returned was starting tight end Zach Miller, who had been out since a June minicamp while dealing with a foot injury.
Miller did some early drills but did not take part in the team session. He will be worked in gradually, and he might not play until the regular season.
But Miller said he is 100 percent healed, needing only to get back into football shape.
“It feels real good,” he said of his foot.
• Also back to at least limited work were defensive end Cliff Avril, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, defensive end Jaye Howard, cornerback Ron Parker, running back Christine Michael, linebacker/end Bruce Irvin and receiver Sidney Rice.
Most participated in early work and then were limited or did not work in the team period, which Carroll said was the plan.
“All those guys who came back today — we didn’t shove anybody into full-go workload, and we want to see how they respond and get them one day closer to game time,’’ he said. Carroll also said it was too soon to know if any will play Friday at Green Bay.
• Fullback Michael Robinson was sick and did not practice, but Carroll said he was expected back Wednesday.
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