RENTON — The Seahawks’ hopes that offensive tackle Michael Bowie would clear waivers and remain with the team were dashed Sunday when he was claimed by Cleveland.
Bowie had been placed on waivers Saturday with the injured designation after it was learned he had a shoulder injury that would require surgery and keep him out four to six months.
Once they determined Bowie could not play this season, the Seahawks’ only choices were to keep him on the 90-man roster until the first cutdown Aug. 26, or try to get him cleared through waivers. Players who are in their fourth year or less cannot be placed straight to Injured Reserve without going through waivers until the first cutdown.
Generally, players waived as injured clear waivers and revert to their current team and then are placed on Injured Reserve. But the rebuilding Browns apparently thought it worth the risk and potential upside to claim Bowie, whose contract runs through 2017.
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Bowie had been one of Seattle’s pleasant surprises a year ago, emerging from a seventh-round choice to a starter in eight regular-season games at right tackle after an injury to Breno Giacomini. He also started the divisional playoff game against the Saints at guard.
Bowie was projected this season to compete with rookie Justin Britt for the right tackle spot vacated when Giacomini signed as a free agent with the Jets.
Bowie suffered what was initially called just a “tweaked’’ shoulder on the first day of training camp July 25.
However, he had yet to return to practice, and coach Pete Carroll announced after the team’s mock game Saturday the decision to waive/injure Bowie.
Coaches also had expressed some disappointment with the condition in which Bowie reported for OTAs in the spring.
Britt also sat out most of the mock game with a sore shoulder, which had veteran Eric Winston, signed as a free agent last week to add depth at the spot, working with the starting unit at right tackle.
Winston has started 119 games in a nine-year career, including 16 with the Cardinals last season.
Seattle also used the roster spot created by the waiving of Bowie to sign free agent tackle Cory Brandon.