In an anticipated move, the Seahawks designed G/C Ethan Pocic to return from injured reserve on Thursday, per ESPN’s Field Yates. The decision to designate Pocic to return comes six weeks after he was placed on I.R. with a neck injury.
The Seahawks have designated OL Ethan Pocic to return from IR, per source. He opened the season as a starter for Seattle prior to a back injury.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 28, 2019
In accordance with NFL rules, Pocic will be eligible to be added to the 53-man roster ahead of Seattle’s Week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers. Pocic will be the second of the Seahawks’ I.R. boomerang spots, after the first was used on Ed Dickson’s ill-fated return.
Since Pocic originally went down, Seattle has lost Justin Britt to injury for the season. While Joey Hunt has performed admirably in Britt and Pocic’s absence, it would be wise to get a look at Pocic at center; the Seahawks can save $8.75M in 2020 by releasing Britt, and center has long been seen as Pocic’s long-term position.
Regardless of whether he steps into the starting lineup upon return or not, Pocic—who started at guard in Week 1—will provide Seattle with much needed depth down the stretch run.
In other injury news, the Seahawks did not practice on Thursday, ahead of their appearance on Monday Night Football, but did file an approximation of what their injury report would look like had they practiced: