The Seattle Seahawks pass rush will be receiving much-needed pass rushing reinforcements in the near future.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, defensive end Dion Jordan will be activated from the PUP list and added to Seattle's active roster. The former first-round pick has been out all of training camp and the preseason due to a shin injury.
After not playing during the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to suspensions and injuries, the 28-year old Jordan resurrected his career with Seattle last season, recording 4.0 sacks in five games after being activated from the Non-Football Injury list. The Seahawks rewarded him for his performance by placing an original round tender on the restricted free agent and he's set to earn $1.907 million in 2018.
Since the Seahawks lost veterans Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett during the offseason, the 6-foot-6, 284-pound Jordan was expected to take over as a starter at defensive end across from Frank Clark. However, he underwent a procedure on his knee prior to OTA practices and has been battling a separate shin issue throughout training camp and the preseason, leaving his status for the season opener in doubt.
Though he's not guaranteed to be available next week for the regular season opener at Denver, Seattle's decision to activate Jordan indicates he's close to being ready to return. If the team would've kept him on the PUP list, he would have been required to miss at least the first six regular season games.