Since signing to the Seahawks' practice squad in September, Jason Peters has made a strong impression on the team, both in terms of the leadership the veteran tackle has brought to the offensive line, as well as his play in the past three games in which he has been elevated from the practice squad.
So it comes as no surprise that Peters was signed to the 53-man roster on Saturday, clearing the way for him to play in Sunday's game against the Rams. Peters was no longer eligible to be elevated from the practice squad for games, as players can only be elevated three times in a season.
Tackle Jake Curhan was waived to make room on the roster for Peters. Additionally, safety Ty Okada, an undrafted rookie out of Montana State, was elevated from the practice squad.
Peters, who is in his 20th NFL season, joined the Seahawks following a season-opener in which starting tackles Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas both exited the game with injuries. A nine-time Pro-Bowler and six-time All-Pro, and a member of the 2010s All-Decade Team, Peters worked his way into playing shape early in the season, then was elevated from the practice squad for the past three games, playing 98 snaps while splitting time with Stone Forsythe at right tackle, including 69 percent of the team's offensive snaps in last week's win over Washington.
"He just played a really good football game," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Peters' play against the Commanders. "He did a very nice job. It was obviously his best play for us, and that's why we left him in. We had planned to split the time. We liked the way he was going so we just kind of left him out there and we're pleased to have him out there at the end and down the stretch. There was some concern about how his endurance would be, staying out there, because he hadn't played a lot in the last couple of weeks. This week was a chance to see him go and he came through in a big fashion."
Peters has continued to impress his coaches and teammates with his ability to play such a physically demanding position at 41 years old.
"The obvious trait that he shows is that he's got great feet and his quickness," Carroll said. "You would think as you get older, you would lose that, but he has the ability to move and change direction and redirect and stuff that guys that are playing that are young don't have. He's a pretty special player."
Curhan, who made the team as an undrafted rookie out of Cal in 2021, has appeared in 28 games over the past three seasons with nine starts, including four at right tackle this season, having taken over there for an injured Lucas before Forsythe, who had been playing left tackle in place of Cross, was moved to the right side after Cross returned from his injury.
Seahawks practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. on Nov. 16, 2023.