Tuesday evening reports emerged that the Seattle Seahawks were set to bring tight end Luke Willson back in the fold by signing him to the practice squad. Wednesday the team made that move official, along with the addition of another name that had spent time on the practice squad earlier this season.
Why wait 'til Thursday? Cue the techno now, because @LWillson_82 is back with the #Seahawks: https://t.co/Kc9BPIMZib— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) December 30, 2020
In addition to Willson, Ray-Ray Armstrong provides depth for the defensive front seven. In addition, although Armstrong was already elevated from the practice squad to the active roster twice over the course of the 2020 season, he will be available as depth again once the postseason starts due to a joint decision between the NFL Management Council and the NFLPA reported Tuesday by NFL Insider Tom Pelissero.
The NFL Management Council and NFLPA agreed to unlimited practice-squad elevations without a player having to clear waivers during the 2020 postseason, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 29, 2020
Previously, a player could only be moved to the active roster twice for a game under the standard elevation.
What that means is that the Seahawks, along with the other playoff teams, are likely to use both available elevations to expand the roster to 55 players for gameday. Playoff games do not count towards a player earning either a credited or accrued season, meaning that there is no long term financial impact from a player being elevated multiple times during the postseason.
In any case, it’s a big welcome back to Seattle for Willson and Armstrong, who can provide some veteran depth, leadership and focus as the Seahawks prepare for the postseason.