Late Tuesday, well after the official deadline for NFL transactions to be processed, ESPN senior NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler reported that the Seattle Seahawks would be signing linebacker Jon Rhattigan to the active roster. Rhattigan is a rookie who signed with the Seahawks out of the United States Military Academy this spring after going undrafted, and who saw his first career snaps Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts following a Saturday elevation from the practice squad.
The news that Rhattigan would be promoted to the active roster is not a huge surprise, as the Hawks remain very light at linebacker following Ben Burr-Kirven’s season ending ACL injury during the preseason. However, in order for the Seahawks to move Rhattigan from the practice squad to the active roster required the team to first create an opening on the 53 man roster, and the move to create that open spot has now been made.
#Seahawks roster moves, including Jon Rhattigan earning a promotion: https://t.co/65LZivYGEH— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) September 15, 2021
So, in what is not a surprise, the Seahawks have moved center Ethan Pocic to injured reserve. Pocic was limited or missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury, and now will move to injured reserve after suffering a knee injury against the Colts. He will now have at least three weeks to rest and recover fully, with the ability to return after the Week 4 game against the San Francisco 49ers and in advance of the Week 5 game against the Los Angeles Rams.