The Seattle Seahawks have decided to wait a week to add receiver Paul Richardson to the 53-man active roster.
The Seattle Seahawks have decided to wait to add receiver Paul Richardson to the 53-man active roster, meaning he will not be eligible to play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Richardson was taken of the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list this week after suffering an ACL injury in a divisional playoff game against Carolina last January.
Now that he is off the PUP list the team can let him practice for three weeks before deciding whether to put him on the 53-man roster to make him eligible for games.
Coach Pete Carroll said on Friday that Richardson had done well in practice but that the team was unsure what it would do.
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“He did well,” Carroll said after Friday’s practice. “We’re still assessing that. … But he had a very good week. He looked good. He looked really fast. He had a tremendous return in the sense that he must have really, really worked hard at it, because he looked great out here on the practice field.”
But the team would have added Richardson to the 53-man roster by Saturday for him to play and that move was not made.
That means Richardson’s return will wait until a Nov. 15 game against Arizona with the Seahawks having their bye next week.
Richardson has suffered two ACL injuries to the same knee (his left) and being cautious about his return surely played a factor in deciding to wait and give him more time to get ready for playing in a game.
Richardson, who played collegiately at Colorado, was Seattle’s first pick in its 2014 draft at No. 45 overall and had 29 receptions in the regular season and one more in the playoff game before being injured.
Seattle will have five rosters on its active roster or the Dallas game — Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Chris Matthews, Tyler Lockett and Ricardo Lockette.
Seattle will have six running backs on the 53-man roster having added Bryce Brown earlier in the week. The Seahawks added Brown after Thomas Rawls suffered a calf injury in last Thursday’s 20-3 win over the 49ers. Rawls was able to return to practice this week after being diagnosed with a bruise.