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Seahawks move Neiko Thorpe to IR, make practice squad move

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The Seattle Seahawks were in need of depth at the running back position, following 2018 first round pick Rashaad Penny suffering a torn ACL against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football. On Wednesday the team addressed that issue by adding running back depth to the practice squad, while also, finally, moving special teams standout Neiko Thorpe to injured reserve.

Xavier Turner was with Seattle during the preseason, and did enough to warrant a call back when the team proved to be in need of depth at the position. Turner took the spot of cornerback Ryan Neal on the practice squad. A second year player out of Southern Illinois, Neal spent time with both the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles in 2018, including appearing on special teams in one game for the Falcons in Week 14.

The move to IR could very well spell the end of Thorpe’s time as a gunner with the Seahawks, as he is set to be a free agent in the spring and the Hawks have several youngsters, including rookie Ugo Amadi, who have been filling that role well this season. Obviously, it remains to be seen what happens, and there is likely to be at least one more roster move later this week as Rashaad Penny remains on the active roster, while Ethan Pocic is eligible to return from injured reserve.