Seattle teammates had voted Kacyvenski a special-teams captain this season. And yet he was the seventh linebacker on a team with great depth at the position, leading president Tim Ruskell to release the popular seven-year veteran when the team needed to sign running back Marquis Weeks from the practice squad last week.
Kacyvenski was released Saturday after playing in 90 regular-season games with Seattle. Each of the Seahawks' NFC West rivals contacted Kacyvenski, but the Harvard graduate felt the Rams would be a good fit with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and special-teams coach Bob Ligashesky.
Ligashesky previously coached with Pete Rodriguez in Jacksonville; Rodriguez was the Seahawks' special-teams coach when Kacyvenski entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft choice in 2000.
NEWS & NOTES
--QB Matt Hasselbeck has suffered two five-sack games in four weeks after suffering one such game in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Seattle needs to shore up its protection through better execution and communication.
--RB Shaun Alexander could return after the Oct. 15 game at St. Louis if the cracked bone in his left foot continues to heal on schedule. The team does not expect to have Alexander against the Rams. Coach Mike Holmgren said he expects Alexander to undergo an MRI exam on Monday of next week.
--RB Maurice Morris gained only 35 yards on 11 carries against the Bears, with 15 of those yards coming on one carry. RB Shaun Alexander hadn't been faring much better before leaving the lineup with a broken foot. Blocking problems are preventing the Seattle ground game from duplicating its production of 2005.
--TE Itula Mili made it through the Chicago game without re-injuring his knee, a good sign as Seattle gets healthier at the position. Mili is perfectly suited to be the second tight end because he has experience and can still get open.
--TE Jerramy Stevens is expected to make his 2006 regular-season debut when Seattle returns from its bye with an Oct. 15 game at St. Louis. Stevens has been out since suffering a knee injury during training camp. "I expect him to be able to practice next Monday," coach Mike Holmgren said. "It's nice to have all your guns back, and he was our starting tight end last year and a very big contributor to our season. I know he's anxious to get back. I think it's going to be a good thing for us."
--WR Deion Branch had a 31-yard reception in the first quarter against the Bears on Sunday night, a good sign for him on an otherwise forgettable night. Branch's role in the offense figures to grow. WR Nate Burleson has not started strong.
--WR Darrell Jackson dropped two passes against the Bears, easily his worst game of the season. Jackson did have a 22-yard catch early in the game, but he dropped a long ball that could have gotten Seattle back into the game in the first half. Seattle's receivers are dropping far too many passes this season.
--WR Nate Burleson dropped another pass against the Bears, continuing a slow start for one of the Seahawks' off-season additions. Burleson has been given a grace period of sorts in the first few weeks. It will be interesting to see whether his playing time drops off as WR Deion Branch becomes more acclimated.
--LB Julian Peterson played well against the Bears on Sunday night. The linebackers were the one unit on defense that seemed to have a pretty productive game. But with the front four struggling and the secondary giving up big plays, it didn't matter in the end.
--SS Michael Boulware is expected to start for Seattle when the team returns from its bye with an Oct. 15 game at St. Louis. Boulware suffered a concussion against the Bears on Sunday night and did not return to the game. Seattle was already thin in the secondary with CB Jordan Babineaux missing time with a concussion.
--CB Marcus Trufant struggled at times against the Bears on Sunday night. Trufant was having a strong season before that game. The entire defense was largely ineffective. Trufant's performance is an aberration at this point, but something to monitor as the season continues. This was supposed to be a breakout season for Trufant because he was finally healthy for a full offseason.