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Ethan Pocic to come off injured reserve, take Rashaad Penny’s roster spot

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During his time in front of the media on Friday, Pete Carroll announced news which has been expected since Sunday: Ethan Pocic will come off injured reserve in time for Sunday’s game against the Panthers, with Rashaad Penny going on I.R. to free up a spot on the 53-man roster.

Pocic has been on I.R. with a neck injury since October 11, but it had been understood he was a candidate to return. With that roster move to be made official on Friday or Saturday, the Seahawks will have used both of their I.R. boomerang spots for the season (with the other having been used on Ed Dickson’s ill-fated return).

Carroll praised Joey Hunt’s play at center this week, so while Pocic will be added to the 53-man roster, we may not see him in the starting lineup in the near future. Whether he starts or not, Pocic’s return will add much-needed depth to the interior of Seattle’s offensive line.

Penny, who suffered a torn ACL in Week 14, is yet to undergo surgery as the swelling hasn’t gone down; regardless, the Seahawks’ sophomore tailback is done for the year and will likely begin training camp in 2020 on the physically unable to perform list.