The Seattle Seahawks on Saturday waived running back Bryce Brown to make room on the 53-man roster for linebacker Eric Pinkins.

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The Seattle Seahawks made one roster move Saturday, activating linebacker Eric Pinkins to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, and waiving running back Bryce Brown.

Pinkins is needed as depth at the strongside linebacker spot with starter Bruce Irvin out for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a sprained MCL suffered last Sunday against Arizona. Mike Morgan will get the start in place of Irvin. Pinkins, drafted as a cornerback out of San Diego State in 2014, is on a 53-man roster for the first time.He was moved to linebacker last spring.

Brown was signed by the Seahawks in the wake of an injury to Thomas Rawls against the 49ers on Oct.22. But he was not active for the two games for which he was on Seattle’s roster. That the team waived Brown also indicates confidence in the health of Marshawn Lynch, who is listed as questionable for the game with an abdominal injury. Coach Pete Carroll said Friday, though, he expects Lynch to be able to play against the 49ers Sunday. The move leaves the Seahawks with three tailbacks — Lynch, Rawls and Fred Jackson — along with fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Will Tukuafu (with Coleman having the ability to play tailback if needed).

Pinkins was released from the practice squad on Sept. 22 but brought back on Oct. 14 in the wake of some injuries at the linebacker spot.

He was a sixth-round pick in 2014, No 208 overall but spent the 2014 season on the reserve/non-football injury list with a foot injury that required surgery.

Pinkins made 10 tackles, including a sack, in the 2015 pre-season playing at strongside linebacker. He’s listed at 6-3, 230.

That was the only move the Seahawks made Saturday, meaning they will wait another week to activate cornerback Jeremy Lane. Lane has practiced the last two weeks after coming off the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform list) as he comes back from ACL and wrist injuries suffered in the Super Bowl. The Seahawks will have to activate Lane next week or place him on season-ending Injured Reserve. The expectation is the team will activate him for next week, when the Seahawks host the Pittsburgh Steelers.