Seahawks re-sign Jaron Brown, place Ed Dickson on injured reserve

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RENTON -- Two days after releasing Jaron Brown, the veteran wide receiver is back with the Seahawks.

The Seahawks re-signed Brown on Monday after the team placed tight end Ed Dickson on injured reserve. Dickson is recovering from a knee surgery and is not expected to be back on the field for a few weeks. He will be eligible to return to the roster after eight games.

Brown and quarterback Geno Smith were the most surprising cuts from the team on Saturday. Now both players are back on the roster.

The release of Brown was curious as David Moore and DK Metcalf are both dealing with injuries. Moore will not play Week 1 due to a hairline fracture of his humerus. Metcalf is questionable as he recovers from a minor knee surgery two weeks ago. The Seahawks' coaching staff had regularly spoken of their desire to get Brown more involved in the offense this season, which initially made his release on Saturday all the more puzzling.

But now that Brown is back on the roster, that puzzlement has been put on the shelf.

Smith re-signed with Seattle on Sunday once the trade of Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin to the Houston Texans for defensive end Jadeveon Clowney became official. The Seahawks were still carrying Mingo and Martin on their 53-man roster when cuts were due into the league at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The release and re-signing of Smith allowed the team the additional roster spot needed to facilitate the trade and get Clowney onto the team.

Dickson also had to be on the 53-man roster to be eligible to return from injured reserve later in the season. If he had been moved to injured reserve on Saturday, his season would have been over. Instead, the Seahawks preserve the potential for him to return later in the year as they can get up to two players back from the injured reserve list during the season. He can return to practice after six games but will miss eight games before being eligible to return to the roster.

The Seahawks have yet to officially announce all of their practice squad signings, but the 10-man unit has been confirmed to KJR. The group consists of six players who were with the team throughout training camp and four additions from other rosters.

Cornerback Simeon Thomas, tight end Jacob Hollister, receivers Jazz Ferguson and Terry Wright, tackle Elijah Nkansah and guard Jordan Roos are the six Seahawks cuts re-signed to the practice squad.

Guard Kahlil McKenzie (Kansas City), guard/center Kyle Fuller (Miami), safety Ryan Neal (Atlanta) and defensive end Jachai Polite (NY Jets) are the four outside additions.

Polite is the most interesting name for a variety of reasons. He was once considered a possible first-round pick due to his production at the University of Florida. However, he reportedly was a disaster at the NFL Combine with interview performances leaving a lot to be desired. He was ultimately selected early in the third round by the New York Jets.

Polite became the highest drafted player released this weekend and the only player from the first four rounds of the draft to be let go. The Jets reportedly had no desire to bring Polite back to their practice squad either as the team had fined him $100,000 for tardiness and other issues during his short tenure with the team.

McKenzie is the son of former Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie, who worked with Seahawks G.M. John Schneider in Green Bay. McKenzie was a sixth-round pick of the Chiefs last year and spent the season on the team's practice squad. He was a defensive tackle in college at Tennessee before being converted to offensive line with the Chiefs.

Practice Squad:

  • CB Simeon Thomas
  • TE Jacob Hollister
  • WR Terry Wright
  • WR Jazz Ferguson
  • OT Elijah Nkansah
  • G Jordan Roos
  • G Kahlil McKenzie
  • G/C Kyle Fuller
  • S Ryan Neal
  • DE Jachai Polite

Photo Credit: MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 18: Anthony Harris #41 of the Minnesota Vikings pushes Jaron Brown #18 of the Seattle Seahawks out of bounds during the second quarter of the preseason game at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 18, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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