The Seahawks activated defensive back Coby Bryant from injured reserve ahead of Thursday night's game against the 49ers.
Safety Jerrick Reed II, who tore his ACL in last weekend's game against the Rams, has been placed on injured reserve to make room on the 53-man roster.
Additionally, quarterback Brett Rypien was elevated from the practice squad, giving the Seahawks extra quarterback depth with starter Geno Smith dealing with an elbow injury.
Bryant, who was Seattle's nickel corner as a rookie, played in that role in the first two games of this season before suffering a toe injury that eventually landed him on IR. Bryant also saw extensive playing time at safety in training camp and the preseason, giving the Seahawks extra depth there with Reed going to IR. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll noted that Bryant could also help the Seahawks mitigate the loss of Reed, who was a special teams standout, in that phase of the game.
"He's been great on special teams," Carroll said of Reed. "He's really one of the leaders for us, he's really been a highlight. So we lose the spark plays that he's made, chasing punts and kicks, but if Coby takes his place—Coby's ready to go, he wants to play so bad, it's been a long haul for him to get back out there—we know that he's physical and he's aggressive and makes things happen, so maybe we don't lose much there."
Rypien, who set state passing records at Spokane's Shadle Park High School before going on to star at Boise State, signed to Seattle's practice squad earlier this month.
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