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Posted May 28, 2010 @ 4:50 p.m. ET
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Updated May 28, 2010 @ 7:10 p.m. ET

RB LenDale White’s reunion with Pete Carroll was short-lived, as the Seahawks released him Friday. White also is likely facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, a league source told NFL Network.

NFL.com is reporting that White's propensity for being difficult to coach was the primary reason he was cut, not the pending suspension. In fact, NFL.com says that, according to league sources, the Seahawks were aware of the pending suspension when they obtained him in a trade from Tennessee on the third day of the 2010 draft.

"It became apparent at this time that LenDale was not ready to be a member of the Seattle Seahawks," general manager John Schneider said in an official statement released by the team. "It just did not appear to be the right fit at this point in our program. We wish LenDale all the best with his future."

The move comes as a surprise, as White, who played under Carroll at USC, was expected to make an impact in a RB-by-committee with contrasting styles. His weight was down to 219, and there were many sources close to the scene that had White targeted as the top back on the team's depth chart. It could be that the sore groin that limited White in the team’s first minicamp after the draft turned out to be a bigger problem than the team expected.

The Seahawks still have a large stable of backs without White, including Julius Jones, Justin Forsett, ex-Redskin Quinton Ganther and Leon Washington, who, like White, had been obtained in a trade during the draft.

 

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