Rashaad Penny declared last week after returning to practice that he was “ready to go. I’m revved up. I’m excited.”
And now the Seahawks running back is officially back and ready to play in Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints, having been activated from injured reserve on Monday. Tackle Cedric Ogbuehi was released to make room on the 53-man roster.
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Penny injured his calf in the season opener and was later placed on injured reserve, and his return comes at a good time for Seattle's offense with starting running back Chris Carson on injured reserve with a neck injury, and with Alex Collins listed as questionable with a groin injury.
"He's ready to go," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Penny. "He's really mentally right and really excited about it. He's like a little kid wanting to play football. But most of all, he wants to help his team. He really does. He feels that sense of responsibility and he wants to help us. So he'll get his chance; we're excited about him playing."
The Seahawks also elevated quarterback Jake Luton from the practice squad for the second week in a row to serve as the backup to Geno Smith. He will revert to the practice squad on Tuesday without being subject to waivers, but because players can only be elevated twice from the practice squad without being added to the 53-man roster, the Seahawks will either have to make a move to add him to the roster next week to back up Smith, or go with Jacob Eason, who was claimed off waivers this week, and who Carroll said would not be up to speed enough to serve as backup this week, or elevate Danny Etling off the practice squad.
Ogbuehi, who initially signed with the Seahawks as a free agent last year, appeared in one game this season, starting Seattle's Week 4 game against the 49ers in place of an injured Brandon Shell. Ogbuehi started four games last season at right tackle.