Seahawks notebook: RB J.D. McKissic activated to 53-man roster
Week 13 will bring the first of two reunions for the Seahawks and their former All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman. As was expected, questions about Sherman’s return dominated most of head coach Pete Carroll Wednesday press conference, but the day also brought a couple of roster moves for Seattle.
Here are a few quick notes:
A warm welcome?
Seattle’s decision to release Sherman in March has had a less-than-smooth fallout — including comments from Sherman in July that his former team had “lost their way” — but despite that, Carroll isn’t expecting many boo birds when Sherman takes the field Sunday.
“They’ll be great,” Carroll said of the crowd. “I mean, I think he’s loved around here for all the great stuff that he did. I don’t know that it’s going to be noticeable what the reception is like. If it’s noticeable then it’s pretty significant. He did a lot of great stuff here. I don’t think our fans think any differently than I do about that.”
Linebacker Bobby Wagner echoed Carroll’s sentiment.
“He should be received with the loudest cheers that they can possibly cheer and the warmest of welcomes,” Wagner said. “It’s not like he said ‘I hate this team, I want to leave.’ It was the business side of everything. I would be surprised if they booed… He was a part of the team that helped bring this city the first football championship so I wouldn’t expect anything other than respect. Even the way he went out, he went out with a lot of class, as he is as a person… If they do boo him, then they weren’t a Richard Sherman fan in the first place.”
Seahawks activate J.D. McKissic
The Seahawks Wednesday promoted running back J.D. McKissic to the 53-man roster. The team waived wide receiver Keenan Reynolds in a corresponding move earlier this week.
McKissic, 25, suffered a broken bone in his foot in the preseason and started the year on the team’s injured reserve list. If he’s active Sunday, Week 13 will be his first regular season game in 2018. Last year, he rushed for 187 yards and one touchdown (Seattle’s only touchdown by a running back in 2017) and had another 266 receiving yards with a pair of touchdowns.
The move gives Seattle five running backs on the active roster. In addition to McKissic, Seattle’s rotation features lead back Chris Carson, Mike Davis, rookie Rashaad Penny, and C.J. Prosise.
The team also added two former Seahawks to the practice squad: Reynolds, who was signed after clearing waivers Wednesday, and tight end Tyrone Swoopes.
Linebacker K.J. Wright’s status remains the same — he’s expected to be inactive Sunday and is continuing treatment on his knee. Carroll said the treatment Wright is receiving is offsite and is different from treatments he’s had in the past (meaning, presumably, that Wright is not receiving Regenokine treatment).
In addition to Wright, five other Seahawks sat out practice Wednesday: wide receiver Doug Baldwin (groin), defensive end Dion Jordan (NIR), fullback Tre Madden (chest), safety Bradley McDougald (shoulder) and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (foot).
Running back Chris Carson (NIR), left tackle Duane Brown (NIR), and guard D.J. Fluker (knee) were limited.