Veteran defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche was one of the Seahawks’ final cuts ahead of yesterday’s 53-man roster deadline.
But, after just one day away from the team, the former first-round pick is rejoining the Seattle organization — this time as a member of the practice team roster, per ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler.
Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche headed back to Seattle via practice squad, per source. Seahawks not giving up on the former first-round pick.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 1, 2021
Nkemdiche originally signed with the Seahawks back in April. With a full slate of offseason workouts, training camp practices and preseasons matchups, the sixth-year DL was ultimately unable to land a spot on the active roster.
Selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 29th overall pick in the 2016 draft, the former Ole Miss standout struggled with consistency through an injury-riddled first three years in the league. After working his way up to a starting position in 2018, he suffered a Week 14 ACL tear that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. As a result of this devastating injury, the Cardinals declined to exercise his fifth-year option.
Nkemdiche played in just two games after signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2019. He then failed to make a roster in 2020.
The Seahawks are still holding on to some hope that the 26-year-old defensive lineman can live up to the potential that was once expected of him.