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Former Utah LB Nephi Sewell Elevated To Saints’ Active Roster

Nov 10, 2022, 5:30 PM
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Utah Utes linebacker Nephi Sewell (1) celebrates during the Rose Bowl game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes on January 1, 2022 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The New Orleans Saints announced that they’ve signed former Utah Utes linebacker Nephi Sewell from the franchise’s practice squad to the team’s active roster.

The transaction occurred on Thursday, November 10.

“The New Orleans Saints have signed…linebacker Nephi Sewell to the active roster from the practice squad,” the Saints said in a statement. “Sewell, 6-0, 226, had spent the entire regular season on the practice squad until this date.”

With his elevation to the active roster, Sewell will join fellow former Utah standout Chase Hansen on the 53-man list.

Sewell’s promotion comes ahead of the Saints’ Week 10 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers are slated to host the Saints at Acrisure Stadium on Sunday, November 13 at 11 a.m. (MDT). The game will be broadcast on FOX and NFL Sunday Ticket.

This season, the Saints have a 3-6 record, including 1-2 on the road. Pittsburgh will take a 2-6 record in the Week 10 contest with New Orleans.

About Nephi Sewell

Before his time in college football began, Sewell was a star for the Desert Hills Thunder.

After starting college at Nevada, the St. George, Utah native transferred to play for the University of Utah from 2019-21.

During his final season with the Utes, Sewell recorded 89 total tackles, 54 solo tackles, and one interception.

Sewell finished his Utah career with 143 total tackles, 89 solo tackles, one forced fumble, two forced fumbles, three interceptions, and two pass breakups.

After his college days, Sewell went undrafted in April. Following the 2022 NFL Draft, the linebacker signed with the Saints as a free agent.

NFL Scouting Combine Results

Prior to the NFL Draft, the former Utah standout participated in the NFL Scouting Combine. Sewell measured in at five-feet-11.5-inches tall and 226 lbs. He also measured with 29 3/8 inch arms and 8 1/2 inch hands.

40-Yard Dash – 4.66 seconds

Vertical Jump – 32 inches

Broad Jump – 10 feet

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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