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Veteran safety Harts included in Seahawks cuts

KIRKLAND, Wash. (Aug. 28, 2006) -- Former Kansas City Chiefs starting safety Shaunard Harts was among the 15 Seattle Seahawks cut.

The Seahawks signed Harts, 26, in the offseason as insurance in case starting safety Ken Hamlin did not return from a fractured skull and other serious injuries sustained in a street fight last October.

But Hamlin has been practicing since the first day of training camp and played in each of the team's three preseason games without restriction.

Harts, who had an interception off a tipped pass Aug. 26 in a preseason loss at San Diego, did not play for anyone last year after the Chiefs cut him in the preseason.

The Seahawks also released safety Brandon Haw, cornerbacks Reggie Austin and Larry Frazier, defensive tackle Alex Guerrero, fullback Ran Carthon, linebacker Evan Benjamin, center Taylor Schmidt, guard Jeff Bolton, tight end Keith Willis, punter Gabe Lindstrom and receivers Taco Wallace, Tony Brown and Keenan Howry.

Seattle also released Gibran Hamdan. The MVP of this past NFL Europe season had been battling David Greene to become the third-string quarterback.

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