|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 245 lb.|
|Born:||November 28, 1996|
|Drafted:||2020 / Rd. 7 (251)|
The Panthers signed Sullivan (abdomen) to a reserve/future contract Wednesday, Will Bryan of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Sullivan only appeared in one game with the Seahawks as a rookie, a Week 8 contest against the 49ers in which he played one snap on special teams. The 2020 seventh-round pick should at least now be fully recovered from November sports hernia surgery, so he'll get a chance to develop with the Panthers this offseason.
Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Sullivan underwent sports hernia surgery and will miss at least three weeks, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Analysis: Sullivan was practicing both as a tight end and a defensive end prior to this injury. Carroll relayed that the rookie out of LSU will focus on tight end once he's healthy again.
Sullivan was placed on the Seahawks' practice squad injured list Monday, Logan Reardon of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The 23-year-old only appearance of the season came Week 8 against the 49ers, and he had one tackle in 22 defensive snaps. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but Sullivan will be unavailable for the next few weeks.
The Seahawks elevated Sullivan from the practice squad Saturday, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Analysis: Sullivan played wide receiver in college, but the Seahawks drafted him in the seventh round with the hopes of converting him to tight end. That didn't pan out, and he's been taking reps at defensive end on the practice squad. The Seahawks already have five other healthy tight ends on the active roster, so Sullivan could see a bulk of his usage on defense if he indeed gets in the game.
Sullivan was waived by the Seahawks on Saturday, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The Seahawks selected Sullivan in the seventh round of April's draft with hopes that the 6-foot-5, 245-pound wide receiver could be converted to tight end. However, the LSU product couldn't effectively make the switch, so the Seahawks opted to keep four established tight ends. If Sullivan clears waivers, expect the Seahawks to continue to develop him on the practice squad.
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