Sunday the Seattle Seahawks open their 2021 season by facing off against the Indianapolis Colts, and when they do so it appears as though practice squad linebacker Jon Rhattigan will get the chance to make his NFL debut.
Cool story: The #Seahawks activated rookie LB Jon Rhattigan from the practice squad and the undrafted rookie from Army is in line to make his NFL debut Sunday.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 11, 2021
Rhattigan was elevated from the practice squad using the elevation feature included in the 2020 collective bargaining agreement, and will automatically revert back to the practice squad on Monday without being required to clear waivers. With the Seahawks looking to replace the large number of special teams snaps that were lost when Ben Burr-Kirven was lost for the season with a knee injury, it appears as though those snaps will be going to Rhattigan in Week 1.
One interesting side effect of this elevation is that the Hawks will expand their gameday roster to 54 players during a week when they have no players categorized as Out, Doubtful or Questionable. The result of that is that assuming they keep eight offensive linemen on the gameday active roster they will need to designate six players as healthy scratches, meaning one of the members of the 53 man roster will miss out on being active for the game as a result of Rhattigan’s elevation.