Seahawks sign Lemuel Jeanpierre, add Travian Robertson from Falcons practice squad

AP

With starting center Max Unger set to miss close to a month due to a high-ankle sprain, the Seattle Seahawks re-signed center Lemuel Jeanpierre on Tuesday.

In addition, Seattle signed defensive tackle Travian Robertson off the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.

Seattle placed Jeanpierre on injured reserve with a neck injury in September and released him with an injury settlement. Due to league rules, Jeanpierre wasn’t eligible to re-sign with the Seahawks until this week. He’s been a free agent to the rest of the league for the last six weeks and had been on at least four visits to other teams before returning to the Seahawks.

Jeanpierre had served as Unger’s backup the last three seasons and started eight games over that span.

Seattle was essentially down to their fourth-string center in Patrick Lewis with Unger injured, Jeanpierre gone and Stephen Schilling on injured reserve.

Robertson was the Falcons seventh-round selection (249th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played in 12 combined games with four tackles (all solo) from 2012-13 before being released after training camp this year and signing to Atlanta’s practice squad on Aug. 31.

Robertson adds depth to Seattle’s defensive line after being gashed by Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs in the running game last week without nose tackle Brandon Mebane.

The Seahawks released tackle Andrew McDonald and safety Steven Terrell to make room on the roster for Jeanpierre and Robertson.