Seahawks Elevate Two From Practice Squad

Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and receiver Cody Thompson were elevated from the practice squad ahead of Sunday’s game at Minnesota.

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (92) and wide receiver Freddie Swain (18) run on the field during team introductions before an preseason NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Saturday Aug. 21, 2021 in Seattle. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 30-3. (Alika Jenner via AP)

The Seahawks added depth at defensive tackle and receiver ahead of Sunday's game at Minnesota, elevating Robert Nkemdiche and Cody Thompson from the practice squad.

This is the second elevation for Nkemdiche in as many weeks, as the former first-round pick out of Mississippi was also added for last weekend's game. With defensive tackle Bryan Mone out last week due to injury, Nkemdiche joined the interior-line rotation and played 36 snaps, recording seven tackles in his first game since 2019. Mone is expected back this week, but the overall pass-rush depth could be missing a player if Benson Mayowa, listed as questionable with neck injury, is unable to go.

Thompson, who came into the league as an undrafted rookie out of Toledo, began his career with the Chiefs, then signed to Seattle's practice squad during the 2019 season. He spent all of last season on the Seahawks practice squad, then after a strong showing in training camp, was again signed to the practice squad this year after being waived as part of the cutdown to 53 players. Thompson gives the Seahawks extra depth at receiver with Dee Eskridge ruled out for the second straight week due to a concussion. Presuming he plays—teams generally don't elevate players from the practice squad just to make them inactive on gameday—Thompson will be making his regular-season NFL debut when he takes the field Sunday.

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