After spending the first two weeks of the season on the practice squad, linebacker Shaquem Griffin and cornerback Ryan Neal have been elevated to the active roster for Sunday's game against Dallas.
No corresponding moves are needed due to a new rule in 2020 that allows teams to elevate up to two players from the practice squad for a game, with those players then reverting to the practice squad on Monday.
Griffin, a 2018 fifth-round pick, provides depth at strongside linebacker with starter Bruce Irvin out for the year with an ACL injury. He also figures to factor into the pass-rush rotation, a role he took on midway through last season. In addition to losing Irvin, the Seahawks also put defensive end Rasheem Green on injured reserve Friday, and starting defensive end Benson Mayowa is listed as questionable for Sunday's game, so pass-rush depth could be needed.
Griffin, who has played primarily on special teams over his first two seasons, started one game—the 2018 season-opener—at weakside linebacker, then began seeing more playing time late last season as a situational edge rusher, a role that saw him earn his first sack in Seattle's Divisional Round loss to Green Bay.
After spending his first two seasons on the active roster as a teammate of twin brother Shaquill, Seattle's starting left cornerback, Griffin was waived as part of the cutdown to 53 players, then re-signed to the practice squad.
Neal, who signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted rookie out of Southern Illinois in 2018, first joined the Seahawks in 2019 as a member of the practice squad. He was added to the 53-man roster late last season, appearing in three games. Neal re-signed with Seattle in April. He provides depth with two cornerbacks, Quinton Dunbar and Neiko Thorpe, listed as questionable for Sunday's game.
The Seahawks and Cowboys face off for the 21st time during Week 3 of the 2020 season on Sunday, September 27 at 1:25 p.m. Take a look back at photos from previous games played between the two teams.