The Seattle Seahawks have just three training camp practices left before the official start of the 2020 NFL season. After what’s been the most unusual offseason to date, the work is not done for the Seahawks and other teams around the NFL.
Over the next week and a half, teams must trim their rosters, players will hit the waiver wire, practice squads will be assembled, and dozens of players will be placed on Injured Reserve. There will be no shortage of news and announcements across the league.
With all this in mind, let’s break down some of the key dates you’ll want to watch starting with Labor Day weekend.
Saturday, September 5: 1:00 p.m. PT
The roster must be trimmed to 53 players. This can be done in a multitude of ways: Players can be waived, released, placed on Injured Reserve, moved to the physically unable to perform list, the regular season non-football injury list or have the player moved to the Commissioner’s Exempt list.
For Seahawks fans, that means keeping an eye on players like running back Rashaad Penny and tight end Colby Parkinson, who are likely to land on the PUP/NFI list. Offensive lineman Kyle Fuller has also been suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the NFL’s police on substances of abuse.
Pete Carroll recently said rookie defensive end Darrell Taylor was “still a few weeks away,” from being ready following a surgery to address a stress fracture suffered at Tennessee. This means he will likely be moved to the NFI list to start the regular season.
Sunday, September 6:
9:00 a.m. PT
This is the waiver-claim deadline for players waived Saturday. Essentially, any of the other 31 NFL teams can put in a waiver claim on players and add them to their rosters, but the waiver claim period after cuts ends at 9:00 a.m. PT.
10:00 a.m. PT
Then, the floodgates open. Any players who were not claimed by a team may now be signed to teams’ practice squad by 10:00 a.m. PT. The CBA that the NFL and the NFLPA agreed upon in the spring increased the size of practice squad rosters from 10 players to 12 players for 2020.
Because positive coronavirus test results among NFL players are possible, players will likely be missing more games than usual in 2020. The league agreed to expand practice squad rosters to 16 players, including six veterans (unlimited number of accrued seasons) rather than two.
1:00 p.m. PT
Players moved to the Injured Reserve list after 1:00 p.m. PT Sunday are eligible to return to the 53-man roster and play during the 2020 season.
Thursday, September 10
The first day of the 2020 NFL season kicks off with the Texans at Chiefs (5:20 p.m. PT) on NBC.
Sunday, Sept. 13
The Seahawks open the season with a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 10:00 a.m. The Falcons announced their will be no fans inside the stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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