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Seahawks Linebacker Shaquem Griffin Promoted From Practice Squad

The Seahawks added Shaquem Griffin to the 53-man roster ahead of their trip to Miami.


Earlier this week, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said linebacker Shaquem Griffin earned another opportunity to play, and on Friday, Seattle made the roster move to make that official, signing Griffin to the active roster from the practice squad.

Griffin, who spent Seattle's first two games on the practice squad, was elevated for last week's game, and made a difference down the stretch, particularly on Dallas' final drive. The new rule that allows practices squad players to be elevated for a game without a corresponding move meant Griffin reverted back to the practice squad on Monday, but Carroll made it clear that the third-year linebacker was in their plans for this week.

"He did great this week," Carroll said on Monday. "He was hauling butt all over the field. We played him a unique situation that he really handled well. He did a nice job rushing the passer in his other (opportunities) that he had. So I'm looking forward to him continuing to contribute. I was really fired up about his play.

"When the opportunity was available, he jumped at it and did a great job. I'm thrilled about that for him. He looked really good, and he was running all over the place, all over the field. If we can keep him available for those kinds of opportunities, he's going to continue to show like that… I'm really excited to see him play again this weekend."

Griffin is the second player added to the roster this week after making an impact against Dallas, joining Ryan Neal, who was promoted earlier this week after making the game-clinching interception against the Cowboys.

No corresponding move was needed, as the Seahawks had an open roster spot after waiving linebacker D'Andre Walker earlier in the week.

With Griffin and Neal added to the roster this week, the Seahawks can still add reinforcements on Saturday by elevating up to two practice squad players, and with injuries mounting in the secondary, Carroll said one possibility for that move could be veteran safety Damarious Randall, who was added to the practice squad this week.

"He's a really smart football player, played a lot of ball," Carroll said. "He could help us if we need him."

The Seattle Seahawks have faced the Miami Dolphins 15 times dating back to 1977, going 4-8 in the regular season and 1-2 in the postseason. They'll look to add another win this Sunday, October 4 at 10 a.m. PT at Hard Rock Stadium.

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