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Seahawks swap Nazair Jones for Tyrone Swoopes ahead of Cardinals finale

Rookie defensive tackle to injured reserve, rookie tight end adds depth on offense for possible playoff push

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday the Seattle Seahawks made a roster move in order to address a couple of injuries which had cropped up during practice this week and to add a healthy tight end to the roster. Despite coming out of the game against the Dallas Cowboys without any significant new injuries, both Nick Vannett and Luke Willson suffered injuries during the practice week that have left them listed as questionable on the team’s final injury report.

As seen in the injury report, over the course of this week, Luke Willson suffered an ankle injury and Nick Vannett suffered a back injury. Their status for Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals is unknown right now, and with Vannett limited and Willson having not participated in practice on Friday, it appears Vannett may be the more likely of the two to suit up.

In any case, in order to address the needs at the position, the team promoted Tyrone Swoopes to the 53 man active roster, and in order to do so, moved rookie defensive tackle Nazair Jones to injured reserve. Jones, a third round pick out of North Carolina this season saw significant playing time early in 2017 until an ankle injury on November 30 derailed his rookie season.

Swoopes was a quarterback and power running back at Texas, and how the Seahawks use him will be something to watch as the game develops. Seattle had been using Willson occasionally as an H-back and even as a traditional fullback on downs against the Cowboys and it will be interesting to see if Seattle does the same thing in Week 17, or if they adapt to pass more against Arizona’s top run defense.

Regardless, there is a ton at stake on Sunday afternoon when the Seahawks take on the Cardinals in Seattle, and just as importantly the Atlanta Falcons host the Carolina Panthers in a pair of games that will determine whether the Seahawks or Falcons get the final playoff spot up for grabs in the NFC.