All the latest injury news ahead of the Seattle Seahawks NFC West clash with the Arizona Cardinals.
Unsurprisingly, the shocking 23-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams has ruined the Seattle Seahawks‘ momentum, as they prepare for the playoffs. In the process, it also saw the return of some of the doubts surrounding the team, from earlier this season.
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Moving forward, the Rams defeat changed the landscape, with the Seahawks no longer in control of their playoff seeding. Now, the most important thing is to prepare themselves for the postseason, no matter where they end up playing.
Along those lines, the week 17 injury report is an important step in the process. Which players will Seattle be able to reply on, as they continue their quest for a third successive Super Bowl appearance?
The news that Marshawn Lynch is out does not come as any real surprise, as he continues his rehabilitation from an abdominal injury. The running back is expected to be back for the playoffs, with the only real concern being how rusty he will be after missing seven games.
The other two players who are definitely out against the Cardinals, are Luke Willson and J.R. Sweezy, who both suffered concussions against the Rams. The Seahawks will rely on Cooper Helfet and Chase Coffman for tight end duties, while rookie Mark Glowinski could be in line for his first start, at right guard.
Sticking with the offensive line, it also appears that Russell Okung will miss a second successive game, after being listed as doubtful. The left tackle is currently recovering from a calf injury, and will likely be replaced once again by Alvin Bailey.
Turning to the defense, the main interest surrounds Kam Chancellor, who suffered a bruised tailbone in week 14, against the Baltimore Ravens. He has been listed as questionable, but coach Pete Carroll says he has a good chance to play, after being a full participant in practice on Friday.
Another player in a similar situation is defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who has been dealing with a toe injury suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In truth, it might make more sense to rest Chancellor and Hill for the playoffs, but that isn’t Carroll’s style.