The Seattle Seahawks worked in a new first-team center on Tuesday and it wasn't the one projected to fill Max Unger's vacant spot.
According to ESPN.com, Lemuel Jeanpierre worked with the first team during Tuesday's OTA practice. Patrick Lewis , who many projected to be the front-runner for the job, worked in as Jeanpierre's backup.
After practice, coach Pete Carroll said Jeanpierre earned the opportunity to begin OTAs as the first-team center.
Jeanpierre has been with the Seahawks since 2011 and Lewis joined the squad a year ago. Jeanpierre has 11 career starts and Lewis has four, all of which happened with Seattle in 2014.
The Seattle Seahawks have listed Marcus Burley , Landon Cohen , Lemuel Jeanpierre , Jeron Johnson , Keavon Milton , Tony Moeaki , and Kevin Norwood as inactive for the team's Divisional Round game against the Panthers.
Johnson was the only player who was ruled out prior to the contest. Moeaki came into the game listed as questionable due to a calf injury. The other five players are healthy inactives.
Seattle Seahawks starting center Max Unger , who suffered a high ankle sprain Week 11, was unable to practice Tuesday as the team prepared for Thursday's game at the 49ers. Unger's absence was a big factor in Seattle allowing seven sacks Week 12 against Arizona.
Coach Pete Carroll told reporters he didn't know if Patrick Lewis would get another start at center, or if the team would go with recently-signed Lemuel Jeanpierre .
The Seattle Seahawks signed defensive tackle Travian Robertson off the Falcons' practice squad and center Lemuel Jeanpierre , the team announced. To make room, Seattle released safety Steven Terrell and offensive tackle Andrew McDonald .
The Seattle Seahawks placed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre on injured reserve Wednesday. The team signed wide receiver Phil Bates in a corresponding move.