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Pete Carroll: 'Hawks cut Braylon because of hammy injury

Seattle Seahawks' Braylon Edwards catches the ball for

Seattle Seahawks' Braylon Edwards catches the ball for a touchdown against the New England Patriots in the second half of an NFL football game. (Oct. 14, 2012) Credit: AP

Jets fans expecting to see the Braylon of old may want to temper their excitement.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that the Seahawks released Braylon Edwards because they believed he’d be sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring injury.

“We thought he had a three-week injury or so and it was going to be a while before he was back and we weren’t sure if he would make it back,” Carroll explained during a press conference. “So we didn’t know.”

The Seahawks cut the receiver last week with a waived/injured designation and then waived him from injured reserve on Monday. The next day, the Jets were awarded the 29-year-old wideout off waivers.

The Jets – the only team to put in a claim for Edwards – made the move in hopes of shoring up their depleted wide receiving corps. But a lingering hamstring injury raises questions about his value going forward.

“I’m hoping he’s well,” Carroll said. “He’s going to be right at the cusp of getting back from what we understand with his hammy. He’ll be a good player for them. He’s a good football player. Hopefully he can get back and get well.”

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