When the Seattle Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams in Week 16 with the ability to secure the NFC West title, they will do so with the benefit of a pair of key members of the team coming back from injured reserve.
Greg Olsen and Bryan Mone will be activated this week, Pete says. Tre Flowers will not.— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) December 26, 2020
Greg Olsen, of course, seems likely to regain his job as the starting tight end, while Bryan Mone will mix in at defensive tackle. Tight end has been less a position of need, as the Hawks have been able to turn to Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister and Colby Parkinson during Olsen’s absence. However, the Seahawks have been very light at defensive tackle, with just three players at the position on the active roster in Jarran Reed, Snacks Harrison and Poona Ford.
In addition, Carroll noted that right tackle Brandon Shell will suit up for the Hawks.
TE Greg Olsen & DT Bryan Mone will be activated off IR for the #Seahawks game vs the Rams.— AJ McCord (@AJ_McCord) December 26, 2020
OL Brandon Shell will also be dressing according to Pete Carroll & "will help us"
However, if Shell will start or exactly how effective he will be on an injured ankle against the talented Rams defensive line won’t be known until the game starts and the Seahawks offense takes the field. In any case, with Shell expected to at least be available, the Hawks should be okay in terms of depth at tackle, but it won’t be a surprise for the team to elevate one of the interior offensive linemen, specifically Alex Boone, from the practice squad later Saturday.
The addition of Mone and Olsen to the 53 man roster will fill the pair of empty spots the team had created by waiving Penny Hart and moving Phil Haynes to injured reserve earlier this week.