The Seattle Seahawks have placed cornerback Tharold Simon on injured reserve and signed running back Rod Smith from their practice squad.
Simon suffered a dislocated toe on the Friday before the regular season opener. He briefly played in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers but suffered a setback and hasn’t been able to get back on the field.
“He dislocated his second toe,” head coach Pete Carroll said Friday. “His nature has given him a toe that’s got some issues and we’ve just got to work through it. He’s had surgery on his other foot. Same toe, same situation. So that’s something we’re trying to work through right now. We’ll see whether that’s necessary or not.”
Simon’s toe keeps dislocating and won’t stay in place, which is the reason his recovery isn’t progressing.
In Simon’s place, the Seahawks added Smith to help with their running back depth.
Marshawn Lynch did not make the trip to Cincinnati and has been ruled out for a second straight week due to a hamstring strain. Backup Fred Jackson is expected to play just six days after suffering a high-ankle sprain against Detroit, but he wasn’t able to practice until Friday.
Smith adds an extra runner to the group behind Thomas Rawls and Jackson. He was in training camp with Seattle before being signed to the practice squad after final cuts. Smith had 70 yards on 10 carries and caught six passes for 27 yards in the preseason.
Seattle is also thin in cornerback depth as Marcus Burley is out with a broken thumb and Tye Smith is doubtful to play due to a hip injury.