The Seahawks on Tuesday made a switch in defensive tackles, signing Sealver Siliga to replace Garrison Smith, who was placed on Injured Reserve.

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The Seahawks re-signed one defensive lineman Tuesday — Sealver Siliga — to take the place of another who is being placed on Injured Reserve — Garrison Smith. The news was confirmed by the agent for each player, David Canter.

Smith played 24, 18 and 19 snaps the last three weeks for the Seahawks after being signed on Sept. 4 to add depth on the defensive line.

But he had been listed on the team’s Injury Report last week with an oblique injury, officially designated as questionable for Sunday’s game against Atlanta.

“He had a little something that was bothering him so we held him out (Thursday),” coach Pete Carroll said on Friday.

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Smith, though, played Sunday and had one tackle against the Falcons.

Siliga was signed by Seattle in March as depth to help replace the departed Brandon Mebane at defensive tackle.

But the 6-2, 345-pound Siliga was bothered throughout preseason due to a calf injury suffered while training on his own in the off-season. He was initially placed on IR on Aug. 29 and then given an injury settlement a few days later.
The weeks on that settlement have now elapsed and he can re-sign with the Seahawks.

Siliga, a free agent the Seahawks originally signed a one-year contract worth $1.050 million in the off-season hoping he could provide depth as a run-stuffing tackle. Siliga played the last three seasons with New England, starting 13 games in a similar role (he was on the field in New England’s goal-line package for Seattle’s ill-fated final offensive play of Super Bowl XLIX. He was officially a starter in that game).

The 26-year-old Siliga played college ball at Utah. He was also with the Seahawks briefly in 2013 having been acquired by Seattle from Denver in August, 2013 in exchange for John Moffitt. Siliga was released before the season,signed to the practice squad, released from the practice squad and then signed by the Patriots.