We bring you all the latest injury news, as the Seattle Seahawks prepare to host the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field.
Hands up if you truly believed the Seattle Seahawks were going to prevail in Foxborough last week? (Waits.) Really? That many? I think a lot of you are lying, but either way, it was an impressive win, which will likely galvanize the team moving forward.
Further, the Seahawks generally play better during the second half of the regular season. Between 2011-15, they have an aggregate record of 31-9 over the final eight games of the campaign.
This speaks volumes about the job head coach Pete Carroll has done with the team. Certainly, no one will be taking the Hawks lightly over these next seven weeks.
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With that said, next up are the Philadelphia Eagles, who have started to fall off the pace after an excellent start to the season. Regardless, they will provide an intriguing challenge, especially with 2016 second overall draft pick Carson Wentz at the controls.
As usual, the Seahawks’ weekly injury report will draw a lot of attention from fans, wondering how much it will impact the team. In that respect, the 12s will be encouraged by a Week 11 report that only has eight names on it.
Undoubtedly, most of the attention centers on Thomas Rawls. The running back has been out of action since all the way back in Week 2, when he suffered a hairline fracture in his fibula.
However, Rawls has practiced in full this week, and will play against the Eagles. It remains to be seen how much he is involved, with conflicting reports saying he will play considerably and be eased back into action.
Meanwhile, Luke Willson is ready to go, after being a full participant in practice this week. He almost played against the Patriots, but after warming up pre-game, the Seahawks decided to give his knee one more week to recover.
Sticking at the tight end position, Jimmy Graham once again finds himself on the weekly injury report. However, it is normal to give him Wednesday’s off to rest his knee and he will suit up against the Eagles.
Similarly, Russell Wilson has been a regular on the injury report this season, ever since suffering a high ankle sprain back in Week 1. However, as the quarterback showed against the Patriots, he’s getting ever-closer to full health, which must be a scary proposition for the rest of the league.
Finally on offense, Bradley Sowell has missed the last three games with a knee injury, but has participated fully in practice this week. However, whether he sees any action on Sunday is another thing, given that he has now lost his starting left tackle job to George Fant.
Defensively, Michael Bennett‘s continued absence is no surprise, after his recent knee scope. However, there is some extremely positive news, with coach Carroll saying Bennett recently resumed running and is cautiously eyeing a return to action in Week 12.
Count Kevin Pierre-Louis as another player who is unlikely to suit up against the Eagles. The linebacker has been sitting out of practice this week, after suffering a hamstring pull against the Patriots.
The final member on the Week 11 report is Earl Thomas. However, his absence is not injury-related and he should be available on Sunday.
Taking the injuries into account, what’s your prediction for the Seahawks’ clash with the Eagles? Is this going to be a straightforward win at home, or do you anticipate some major problems with their opponents? Let us know in the comments section.