Seahawks Sign OT Chad Wheeler Off Practice Squad; Elevate LB Ray-Ray Armstrong 

The Seahawks added Chad Wheeler to the 53-man roster ahead of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. 


The Seahawks will have starting right tackle Brandon Shell back for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, but they still are dealing with injuries at that position, as Jamarco Jones, who started in place of an injured Shell last week, has been ruled out, while Cedric Ogbuehi, who started for Shell two weeks ago, is listed as questionable.

Needing depth behind starters Duane Brown and Shell, the Seahawks signed tackle Chad Wheeler off of their practice squad Saturday. No corresponding move was needed because the Seahawks had an open spot on the 53 dating back to last week when cornerback Tre Flowers was placed on injured reserve.

Additionally, linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong was elevated from the practice squad.

Wheeler, who first joined the Seahawks practice squad last year, has been elevated from the practice squad twice this season, first for the season opener, then again last week with Shell and Ogbuehi both unavailable. Players can only be elevated from the practice squad for a game twice in a season, hence Wheeler needing to be added to the 53-man roster. Wheeler, who spent his first two seasons with the New York Giants, took over at right tackle late in last week's game after Jones left the game with a groin/pelvis injury.

Armstrong, an eight-year veteran, joined the Seahawks practice squad in October, and was elevated for Seattle's Week 7 game against the Cardinals, playing 15 snaps on special teams. Armstrong, who came into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013, has appeared in 85 career games for the Rams, Raiders, 49ers, Giants, Browns, Cowboys and Saints.

While the Seahawks are healthy at linebacker, Armstrong will provide depth on special teams with two core special teamers dealing with injuries: running back Travis Homer (doubtful, knee) and safety Ryan Neal (questionable, hip).

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