When the Seattle Seahawks take on the Washington Football Team on Sunday, for the first time during the 2020 season they will have the services of 2018 first round pick Rashaad Penny available. However, while Penny will be available against Washington, Penny’s fellow 2018 draft class member, Jamarco Jones, will not be available, as the injury he suffered last Sunday against the New York Jets has landed him on injured reserve.
Jones moving to injured reserve, combined with Cedric Ogbuehi’s continued recovery from a calf strain could mean that tackle Chad Wheeler could remain on the 53 man roster through at least the end of the regular season. In addition, with Brandon Shell continuing to recover from a high ankle sprain, it’s possible that Wheeler could again be the primary backup at right tackle if Shell is unable to go or if he he again aggravates his injury during the game. Further, Jones’ move to IR also makes the continued health of Jordan Simmons and Phil Haynes more important than ever, as both starting guards, Damien Lewis and Mike Iupati have battled injuries at times this season.
In addition to the return of Penny, the Seahawks will also have the services of Damontre Moore available against Washington. Moore was moved to the 53 man roster Saturday after having completed his six game suspension for performance enhancing drugs, and can hopefully look to combine with Carlos Dunlap down the home stretch as the improved pass rush now has the potential for further improvement. In order to make room for Moore, the Seahawks also moved Travis Homer, who had been inactive with a knee injury in recent weeks, to injured reserve.
Lastly, there were no practice squad elevations for the Hawks on Saturday, meaning the team will have only five inactives against Washington on Sunday.