NFL Practice Squad: Key dates, waiver details, eligibility and new rules


The Seahawks announced their practice squad signings ahead of the 2020 regular season. 

The following players have been signed to the Seahawks practice squad on Sunday (alphabetical):

  • OT Tommy Champion
  • QB Danny Etling
  • WR Aaron Fuller
  • LB Shaquem Griffin
  • WR Penny Hart
  • DB Gavin Heslop
  • DB Cedrick Lattimore
  • WR Lance Lenoir
  • TE Tyler Mabry
  • DB Ryan Neal
  • DB Jayson Stanley
  • WR Stephen Sullivan
  • WR Cody Thompson
  • OT Chad Wheeler

This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, teams could form squads of up to 16 players, up from 10 players. But there are a couple other changes that were put into place. 

Let’s break it down. 

Of course, most of the same rules apply: 

  • Practice squad players do not play in games or count towards the 53-man roster. They only practice with the team. 
  • They are paid weekly and can be released at any time during the season.
  • PS players can sign to the active roster of other NFL teams. They cannot be signed directly to another practice squad unless they are first released by his previous team.
  • A practice squad player can not sign with their team’s upcoming opponent. A player can only do so six days before the upcoming game or 10 days if their team is currently on a bye.
  • If a practice squad player is signed to another team’s active roster, they will receive a minimum of three paychecks, regardless of if they are released before spending three weeks with the team. Their roster spot will also count against that team's active roster for three weeks even if they’re released early.
  • A player must first clear through waivers in order to be signed to a practice squad after being released.

Here’s a couple of new rules: 

  • Teams can now protect up to four practice squad players from being poached from Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Up to two practice squad players can be elevated to the roster, which would expand the active roster up to 55 players each week. These players can be sent back down to the practice squad without having to go through the waiver process. That can only occur twice per player. The player would have to go through the waiver process if they’re sent back down a third time.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out throughout the season.