In early August, the San Francisco 49ers attempted to get cornerback D.J. Reed, who had suffered a torn pectoral, onto their injured reserve. To do so, Reed would have had to make it through waivers and if successful, would’ve been on the I.R. for all of 2020. The 49ers weren’t successful in doing so, with their NFC West rival Seahawks claiming Reed.
While Reed still had a ways to go in his recovery, Seattle’s claim and subsequent placement on the NFI list left the door open for him to play this season. With the Seahawks returning from their bye week, it appears Reed will take a big step toward debuting for his new team.
According to a recent story on Reed’s Instagram, which references Pete Carroll’s claim he would play this year, the cornerback will practice when the team returns from the bye.
(For those who can’t see the white text on the white background, Reed has added his own caption above the tweet saying “Back on Monday.”)
Per NFL rules, Reed cannot officially be removed from NFI and added to the active roster until after eight games, meaning the earliest he can make his Seattle debut is Week 10 against the Los Angeles Rams. He can, however, begin to practice as early as Monday—which, if Reed is proven correct, will happen.
A fifth-round pick of San Francisco’s in 2018, Reed will provide the Seahawks with depth at nickelback, behind Ugo Amadi, and could see snaps in the Lano Hill dime role. Regardless of where Reed will fit in, Seattle should get their first look at him on the practice field this week.