SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks announced their final cuts Tuesday, releasing 10 players including nose tackles Robert Hardy, a five-year veteran, and Rickey Hagood, a disappointing fourth-round draft choice.
Hardy became an immediate starter at defensive tackle in his rookie season of 1979 and started 53 of his 54 career games for the Seahawks before an ankle injury caused him to miss the 1983 season.
Hagood, a 6-foot-2, 286-pounder from South Carolina, was considered a diamond in the rough when he was drafted by the Seahawks last spring. But the big rookie apparently had too much trouble recognizing plays and handling NFL blocking schemes.
The final cuts leaves Seattle with two players at the nose tackle position -- holdover starter Joe Nash and 10-year veteran Mike Fanning, who was signed as a free agent in the off-season.
Other veterans released by the Seahawks included quarterback Steve Wray, guard Bill Dugan, offensive tackle Matt Hernandez and linebacker Jerome Boyd.
Other rookies let go in the final cuts were guard Adam Schreiber, defensive end Brad Fojtik, cornerback Renard Young and safety Bonnie Ray Wilmer.
In addition, the Seahawks placed promising rookie running back Randall Morris, a 10th-round draft pick, on injured reserve with a neck injury. Morris was Seattle's leading rusher in the pre-season with 207 yards on 45 carries.
The Seahawks head into their season opener with Cleveland on Monday with just five rookies on their 49-man roster.
Among the rookies surviving the final cuts were the club's first three picks in last spring's college draft -- cornerback Terry Taylor, wide receiver Daryl Turner and linebacker Fredd Young. Also making the team were linebacker John Kaiser, a sixth-round pick, and free agent defensive end Randy Edwards.
The decision to release Wray, a free agent who practiced with the team last season despite being on injured reserve, means Seattle will enter the regular season with just two quarterbacks -- veterans Dave Krieg and Jim Zorn.