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Coutu earns Seahawks' spot
Walker cut by Texans, Grant released by 49ers

Brandon Coutu didn't beat out veteran Olindo Mare. But Mare didn't beat out the former Collins Hill and Georgia kicker, either.

The Seattle Seahawks kept both Saturday as they got down to the NFL's 53-man roster limit.

Mare, signed as a free agent, and rookie Coutu both had outstanding preseasons. Coutu was 7-for-7 on field goals, while Mare was 4-for-5.

For now, the two will split duties. But there still could be moves before the Seahawks open the season at Buffalo a week from today.

Seattle had the flexibility to keep both on the 53-man roster because cornerback Jordan Babineaux and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard were suspended by the NFL on Saturday and won't be eligible to play against the Bills.

"I definitely feel like I kicked really well all preseason," Coutu told Seattle reporters after the final exhibition game on Friday. "I didn't miss any kicks in the games. "It's all out of my hands. I felt like I left it all out there."

Coutu had two field goals against Oakland on Friday night, continuing his perfect preseason. The seventh-round draft choice was 5-for-5 in a game against Chicago, connecting on the game-winner in overtime.

Coutu was 51-for-64 (79.7) percent on field goals at Georgia and made all 109 of his extra points.

Coutu isn't the only Gwinnett product to make the Seahawks' 53-man roster. Former Brookwood and Georgia Tech standout Mansfield Wrotto made the team as a backup guard. He was with Seattle last year as a rookie, but didn't get into a game.

Two former Gwinnett standouts were victims of the NFL cutdown. Houston dropped running back Darius Walker from Buford, while Norcross grad Larry Grant, a rookie linebacker from Ohio State, failed to make the San Francisco roster.

Walker, a former Notre Dame star, saw extensive playing time with the Texans last year, but lost his spot when Houston drafted West Virginia standout Steve Slaton.