The Seahawks re-signed Nick Bellore Monday, bringing back their fullback two days after releasing him as part of Saturday's roster cuts. Bellore replaces guard Phil Haynes, who was placed on injured reserve.
By keeping Haynes on the initial 53-man roster Saturday and placing him on injured reserve Monday, the Seahawks keep open the option of the second-year guard returning this season from IR. Players on injured reserve prior to the 53-man roster cuts must sit out the entire season.
Bellore, 30, is in his ninth NFL season and second with the Seahawks. He appeared in 14 games last year, and while he was used sparingly on offense, he was one of Seattle's top special teams performers. Bellore spent the first six years of his NFL career as a linebacker before eventually converting to fullback.
Haynes, a 2019 fourth-round pick out of Wake Forest, opened last season on the physically unable to perform list due to a sport hernia injury and did not play during the regular season, but he saw significant playing time in Seattle's divisional round playoff loss in Green Bay, taking over at left guard for an injured Jamarco Jones.
The Seahawks also made an addition to their practice squad, signing cornerback Linden Stephens a day after he was waived from the 53-man roster. Stephens, who spent part of last season on Seattle's practice squad before being signed by the Miami Dolphins, had a strong camp and made the initial 53-man roster on Saturday, but was waived Sunday to make room for outside linebacker D'Andre Walker, who was claimed off of waivers from Tennessee.
The addition of Stephens gives the Seahawks 15 players on the practice squad after adding 14 yesterday, all of whom were on Seattle's roster in camp and were part of Saturday's roster cuts.
The Seahawks trimmed their roster to 53 on Saturday in preparation for the start of the 2020 regular season. Here's a numerical look at the roster as it stands today.