The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers will face off Thanksgiving Night on Thursday Night Football with first place in the NFC West on the line, and the Seahawks have made their pre-game roster moves ahead of the matchup.
Perhaps most importantly, with Jerrick Reed finished for the year following a knee injury suffered against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11, the Hawks activated Coby Bryant from injured reserve, giving the team depth at safety with Reed headed to injured reserve. In addition, with Geno Smith still nursing a triceps contusion suffered against the Rams, the Hawks also activated quarterback Brett Rypien from the practice squad to have additional depth at the position.
The elevation of Rypien will give the Seahawks three active quarterbacks for the game against the 49ers, meaning that if it wishes, the team could take advantage of the three quarterback rule the league passed in the offseason. Of course, it is unlikely that the team would opt to do so, as the emergency quarterback rule requires that the third quarterback who does not count against the gameday active roster be a member of the 53-man active roster. That means that if the Seahawks do opt to take advantage of the emergency quarterback rule, they will need to name Drew Lock the emergency quarterback, with Rypien handling backup duties. Thus, it’s unlikely, but is something to keep in the back of the mind between now and when the inactives are announced.