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Seahawks place J.D. McKissic on IR, claim LB Jermaine Grace off waivers

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks have made yet another change to its 53-man roster, by placing running back J.D. McKissic on injured reserve, a couple of weeks after he suffered a broken foot in the team’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers. ESPN’s Field Yates reported the news on Monday, and the team later confirmed it themselves.

With an open spot available due to McKissic’s move to IR, the Seahawks have claimed former Cleveland Browns linebacker Jermaine Grace off of waivers. A key difference here is that McKissic being put on IR now (as opposed to before last Saturday’s roster cuts) means he can come back later in the season, after he misses a minimum of eight games. Seattle has a bye in Week 7, so McKissic isn’t eligible to return to the active roster until Week 10.

Grace is an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami. He was dismissed from the team as a senior for violating NCAA rules. First signed by the Atlanta Falcons, he played in five games of the 2017 season before he was waived in November. The Indianapolis Colts picked him up, as he appeared in six more games, then waived him in May. Shortly thereafter, the Browns picked him up, then put Grace through waivers over the weekend.

Seattle now has four running backs on the active roster — Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, Mike Davis, and C.J. Prosise — and the inclusion of Grace means the Seahawks are up to seven linebackers.