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Seahawks promote CB Kalan Reed from practice squad, waive LB Emmanuel Ellerbee

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Plus, a former preseason darling returns to Seattle

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With Neiko Thorpe sidelined, the Seattle Seahawks have added a cornerback to their active roster. Kalan Reed, signed to the team’s practice squad following a workout early last month, has been promoted to the active roster. He’ll join a group consisting of Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Justin Coleman, Thorpe and Akeem King.

To make room for Reed, the Seahawks have waived linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee. Ellerbee was claimed off waivers on October 22, following T.J. Green’s retirement. With Mychal Kendricks set to return next month, Seattle has some flexibility at linebacker, which allowed them to waive Ellerbee.

Reed was Mr. Irrelevant in the 2016 NFL Draft, and played sparingly for the Tennessee Titans during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. If he is active for any games with the Seahawks, his contributions are likely to come on special teams.

Seattle made two other practice squad transactions on Tuesday. Tight end Tyrone Swoopes, who was re-signed to the practice squad last week, was waived. Swoopes will be replaced by Troymaine Pope, a former preseason favorite of the Seahawks.

Pope rushed for 162 yards as a UDFA in the 2016 preseason for Seattle, but was waived during final cuts. Since then, he has spent time with the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets.

Pope’s addition is likely to help fill out the numbers in practice this week, as J.D. McKissic remains sidelined while Chris Carson is expected to miss practice time, as he did last week.