With tight ends Luke Willson and Nick Vannett both listed as questionable for Sunday's game, the Seahawks made a roster move to add depth at that position, promoting rookie Tyrone Swoopes off the practice squad.
Rookie defensive tackle Nazair Jones was placed on injured reserve to make room on the 53-man roster. Jones, a third-round pick out of North Carolina, had a productive rookie season, recording 19 tackles, 2.0 sacks, four quarterback hits, three passes defensed, an interception and a fumble recovery in 11 games. Unfortunately for Jones and the Seahawks, he sustained a high-ankle sprain last month that has kept him out of the past four games.
"We really do miss him," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday. "He was making plays, he was making things happen—knocking balls down, getting penetration, being active, chasing the ball. He has done a lot of great things for us. He's a terrific draft pick from last year's draft class."
Swoopes, who played quarterback at the University of Texas, signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in May. After being waived by the Seahawks prior to the start of the season, he was signed to the practice squad, where he has been all season prior to Saturday's promotion. Swoopes caught seven passes for 69 yards during the preseason. Willson sustained what Carroll described as a minor ankle sprain in Thursday's practice and will be a gameday decision. Vannett was a late addition to the injury report Friday with a back injury.