The Seahawks made a trio of transactions on Tuesday, as a result of an unplanned move. Ethan Pocic, who just came off injured reserve on December 14, will go back onto I.R. with a core injury, per the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta:
Seahawks today signed guard Kyle Fuller from the practice squad to its 53-man roster and put Ethan Pocic on Injured Reserve. Pocic missed 49ers game with a core muscle injury.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 31, 2019
As Bob notes, guard/center Kyle Fuller has been promoted from Seattle’s practice squad to take his place. In Fuller’s place, wide receiver has been signed Jaylen Smith to their practice squad—a much needed move with Malik Turner and Jaron Brown injured.
Pocic was the second of two players eligible to come off injured reserve this season, with Ed Dickson being the other. Unfortunately, neither player lasted very long on the 53-man roster before they were shut down for the season. Pocic’s placement on I.R. means Fuller, Jordan Roos and Phil Haynes will provide depth along the interior, along with pseudo guard Jamarco Jones.
A seventh-round pick of the Texans in 2017, Fuller has played in nine games in his career, seven with Houston and then two last season in Washington.
Smith, a UDFA in 2019 from Louisville, spent training camp with the Ravens before he was released. Smith was later selected by the XFL’s DC Defenders, but now finds himself on the Seahawks’ practice squad.