The Seahawks activated running back Travis Homer from injured reserve on Saturday, a move that will help Seattle's backfield depth as well as adding a key contributor on special teams.
Additionally, the Seahawks elevated outside linebacker Bruce Irvin and receiver Cade Johnson from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
The return of Homer, who has missed the past four games with a rib injury, helps mitigate the absence of linebacker Nick Bellore when it comes to special teams play. Bellore, Seattle's special teams captain, has been ruled out for Sunday's game due to a concussion.
"Fortunately T-Homer is coming back, and he has been just a centerpiece of our special teams for a long time," Carroll said Friday. "It's a big boost to get him back. They play a little bit different roles, but we've been able to move some stuff around so we can get those guys to play and fortunately not just have a big spot there that we can't fill. Getting Homer back helps a bunch. We always miss Nick, he's a great player for us and a leader and all of that, but he's not going to make it this time."
The elevation of Irvin comes as no surprise, as Carroll said the veteran outside linebacker was in line for more playing time after he made his 2022 debut last week. Players can be elevated three times from the practice squad in a season, meaning Irvin could be elevated one more after this week, then would have to be added to the 53-man roster after that in order to play in games.
Johnson, who first signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent last year, will make his regular-season NFL debut assuming he gets on the field in some capacity tomorrow. He gives the Seahawks needed receiver depth with Penny Hart listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, and with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett both listed as questionable. Carroll said Friday that both Metcalf, who left last week's game with a knee injury, and Lockett, who had an oblique injury show up on Thursday, will be game-day decisions.
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