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Seahawks sign 14 to practice squad, including Hart and Nkemdiche

Sep 1, 2021, 1:22 PM
Seahawks WR Penny Hart...
WR Penny Hart appeared in 13 games for the Seahawks in 2020. (Getty)
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A day after the Seahawks had to cut down from 80 players to 53, the team is bringing back many of those same players to the practice squad.

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The Seahawks announced the signing of 14 practice squad players early Wednesday afternoon. Here’s the full list:

• DT Myles Adams
• LB Aaron Donkor
• OG Greg Eiland
• WR Aaron Fuller
• WR Penny Hart
• DT Jarrod Hewitt
• WR Cade Johnson
• RB Josh Johnson
• OG Pier-Olivier Lestage
• TE Tyler Mabry
• DT Robert Nkemdiche
• CB John Reid
• LB Jon Rhattigan
• WR Cody Thompson

Notes:

• Seattle signed 14 to the 16-man practice squad, but really they’ll have 17 practice squad spots as Donkor doesn’t count towards a roster spot as he’s part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program. Donkor is from Germany. Seattle still has three open practice squad spots.

• The two biggest names on the practice squad are Nkemdiche and Hart. Nkemdiche is a former first-round pick who made a strong impression early in camp, but he did not play in any of the Seahawks’ three preseason games due to injury. Hart, meanwhile, appeared in 13 games for the Seahawks a year ago.

• Hart is one of four receivers on the practice squad, along with Fuller, Johnson and Thompson. Thompson entered the NFL in 2019 as a undrafted free agent signing and spent part of 2019 and all of 2020 on Seattle’s practice squad. Fuller, a UW standout, joined the team last year as an undrafted free agent. Johnson was an undrafted free agent this year and was seen as one of the team’s top undrafted free agent signings this year.

• The Seahawks traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Houston Texans for Reid, a fourth-round pick last year. That pick was set to go to Houston only if Reid was on the Seahawks’ roster for six games, ESPN’s Brady Henderson reports. It’s unclear if that is still the case with Reid having been waived during roster cuts.

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