Running back Rashaad Penny will make his 2020 debut on Sunday, just over a year after his 2019 season was cut short by a torn ACL.
Penny, who has been on the physically unable to perform list since training camp started, returned to practice two weeks ago and has impressed his coaches over that span, and as a result, he was added to the 53-man roster on Saturday ahead of Seattle's Week 15 game at Washington. Also activated was defensive end Damontre Moore, who returned to practice this week following a six-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
"He looks terrific," offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said on Thursday when asked about Penny. "He's looking fast, he's looking explosive, moving really well, running routes really well. I think he looks as good as you could expect him to. I hadn't seen him for a while. He's been working when he came out, started last week, doing different things. This week, I think he's getting close to being ready to go."
To make room on the roster, running back Travis Homer (knee) and guard/tackle Jamarco Jones (groin) were placed on injured reserve, which was somewhat expected after Carroll said on Friday that they, along with guard Phil Haynes, were dealing with long-term injuries.
"All three of those guys are in long-term situations," Carroll said. "We're going to work at figuring out what to do next with those guys. Homer had a couple injuries—he had a wrist where he cracked a bone in his wrist, and he also had his knee that's bothered him too, so it's been a long haul for him to get back. So we're working on what's going on with those guys. It's a little bit of gray area right now. If you could just hang on for a couple days, it'll make more sense."
Two players on injured reserve who have returned to practice, tight end Greg Olsen and cornerback Quinton Dunbar, were not added to the roster on Saturday, meaning their return to game action will have to wait at least another week.
The Seattle Seahawks head east to take on the Washington Football Team for Week 15 of the 2020 season.