Sunday the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Indianapolis Colts 28-16 to open the 2021 NFL season, and in doing so the linebacker they had elevated from the practice squad, Jon Rhattigan, in advance of the game saw 16 special teams snaps. Rhattigan didn’t see the field for any defensive snaps during the victory, however, that could change in the coming weeks if the Shane Waldron offense can obliterate defenses and give the backups some depth.
The reason for that is because according to a report from senior NFL reporter for ESPN Jeremy Fowler reports that Rhattigan is being made a permanent member of the 53 man roster.
#Seahawks have signed linebacker Jon Rhattigan to a one-year deal off the practice squad, per source. Undrafted rookie out of Army got elevated last week, now on the 53-man roster.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 14, 2021
Rhattigan, of course, signed with the Seahawks in the spring as an undrafted free agent out of the United States Military Academy, but received permission to put his military career on hold while pursuing his NFL dreams.
No corresponding move to make room on the 53 man roster was announced by the team or has been reported as of yet. That said, the logical move would be for the team to move one of the players who left the game against Indianapolis with an injury to IR, whether that be Penny Hart, Dee Eskridge, Ethan Pocic or Rashaad Penny.