The Seahawks are adding a quarterback -- but not the veteran backup many thought they’d need with Russell Wilson having a sprained ankle.
Former Skyline High School star Jake Heaps confirmed on his Twitter account Tuesday morning he was back with his hometown team.
But Heaps, who spent the offseason and training camp as Seattle’s third quarterback, is going to the team’s practice squad -- not (at least for now) onto the 53-man active roster. So while adding a quarterback beyond undrafted rookie No. 2 Trevone Boykin adds depth behind Wilson and his ankle injury, Heaps isn’t the veteran who could step right in and play Sunday at Los Angeles.
That’s another indication the Seahawks believe, for now at least, that Wilson will be healthy enough to start and finish the game against the Rams.
Wilson sprained his right ankle in last weekend’s opening win over Miami when defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh stepped on it during a sack in the third quarter. He stayed in the game and rallied the Seahawks with his winning touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 31 seconds remaining.
Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Wilson would practice Wednesday and that the team was counting on him to play Sunday against the Rams, who got whacked 28-0 at San Francisco Monday night in their opener.
Wilson has never missed a practice let alone a game in his five NFL seasons as Seattle’s QB.