The Seahawks will have right tackle Brandon Shell back in time to start the week of practice as the team prepares for its Wild Card playoff game against the Rams.
Shell, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list late last week due to a close-contact situation, was activated from that list Tuesday, meaning he can rejoin the team as it gets ready for Saturday's game.
As Seahawks coach Pete Carroll noted on Friday, Shell's stint on the COVID-19 list was not the result of a positive test, but rather a close contact, allowing for this quick return. Presuming Shell gets through the week OK, he will be playing for just the second time in the past seven weeks. After starting the first 10 games of the season, Shell missed two games with a high-ankle sprain, then returned for Seattle's Week 14 game against the Jets, but re-injured the ankle in that game, causing him to miss the next two as well. Shell was on track to return from the injury last week before landing on the COVID-19 list. The Seahawks are also expecting to get back guard Mike Iupati, who has missed the past two games with a neck injury.
"We're going to be at pretty much full strength this weekend," Carroll said of the offensive line Monday on 710 ESPN Seattle. "Brandon Shell will be back and Mike Iupati will be back, and it will be fun to have those guys all back together… We're very fortunate we're going to be back on track, full-go."
The Seahawks also placed safety Damarious Randall on the COVID-19 list on Saturday, but he has not yet been activated.
Additionally, the Seahawks released tackle Wyatt Miller from their practice squad.
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