Shaquem Griffin had his left hand amputated at the age of 4 due to amniotic band syndrome, a congenital disease. He became the first single-handed player to be drafted into the modern era of the NFL when Seattle picked him in the fifth round in 2018.
He’s been credited with 16 tackles and three quarterback hits in 32 regular-season games over the past two years, which included a debut in the NFL. Griffin showed flashes at the end of last season when the Seahawks started using him as a top hunter in sub-packages, allowing him to reprise a role he excelled in during his college career at the center. from Florida.
Griffin gives the Seahawks the necessary tip depth. They lost Bruce Irvin to a late-season knee injury in Week 2 and will be without Rasheem Green (neck stinger) for at least three weeks after placing him in the injured reserve on Friday. Benson Mayowa (groin) is questionable for Sunday, leaving just three healthy defensive ends to LJ Collier, Damontre Moore and fifth-round pick Alton Robinson.
Irvin was Seattle linebacker on the first few runs, so Griffin provided the depth there as well. Griffin moved to that position last year after playing the weak side linebacker as a rookie. The Seahawks started using him as a defenseman at the end of last season. He recorded his only sack in a playoff loss to Green Bay.
Griffin was canceled on the day of the cut and signed with the Seattle practice squad after going unclaimed. Coach Pete Carroll hinted at the time that Griffin would likely be back on the active roster shortly.
The Seahawks also bred defensive back Ryan Neal, the team said. They need depth at the cornerback with starter Quinton Dunbar (knee) and special teams captain Neiko Thorpe (hip) seen as questionable for Sunday, although Carroll is optimistic about Dunbar’s play.
Griffin and Neal are only bred for Sunday’s game and will return to the Seattle practice squad on Monday, per Yates. A new rule this year allows teams to move players from the practice squad to the active roster for match day, then immediately return them to the practice squad without subjecting them to waivers.
Brady Henderson of ESPN contributed to this report.