If we had better options I could see your point but this isn't a depth move its a desperate move. They need a body now. For what it's worth I will feel about this small if he doesn't play the majority of the game Sunday.
You make it sound like he just started a new position at a company doing IT work. Oh just let him make his self comfortable and have coffee and doughnuts and mingle with his fellow coworkers for a couple of weeks before we give him his assignment.