The Seahawks are in the desert to face Arizona on Thursday Night Football. Who’s in, who’s out, and how will Seattle compensate for their missing players?
The Seahawks will once again don the highlighter-green uniforms for Thursday Night Football this season, this time against the 4-4 Arizona Cardinals. After the Seahawks’ improbable loss at home to Washington last week, they sit behind the 6-2 LA Rams at 5-3. Now with a one-game lead in their division, the national pundits are starting to beat the drums for an NFC West uprising by Sean McVay and Jared Goff. The Seahawks need a win to keep the Rams in striking distance.
If the Seahawks win tonight, they’ll do it without free safety Earl Thomas, who will miss his second straight game, likely because of the short turnaround, due to a hamstring injury.
Also out is running back Eddie Lacy who, after being declared the starter, promptly injured his groin and ceded starting duties to Thomas Rawls, who had his best game of the season so far, albeit a modest nine carries for 39 yards.
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Both of Seattle’s Richardsons are expected to play, with wide receiver Paul questionable and officially a game-time decision, and defensive tackle Sheldon sporting a ‘Probable’ designation.
Jordan in, Odhiambo Out
Defensive end Dion Jordan will make his Seahawks debut tonight in his first game action since 2014. Meanwhile, injury fill-in and now odd man out Rees Odhiambo is now on Injured Reserve after revealing his dislocated fingers on both hands won’t set (ouch). He’ll need surgery on both his hands.
Running back C.J. Prosise will return to the lineup tonight after missing four of the previous five games with an ankle injury. Prosise might not see the field as much as fellow passing-down back J.D. McKissic, but Pete Carroll indicated he’ll be involved in the offense nonetheless.
Seattle faces an injury-ravaged Cardinals team that will once again turn to game manager Drew Stanton with Carson Palmer out. Adrian Peterson will be featured heavily to try and keep the ball out of Stanton’s (and various Seattle defenders’) hands.
On defense, the Cardinals have held up against the run, which could keep them in the game longer than many people expect. I see a defensive struggle in Glendale tonight, with the Seahawks pulling out a must-win 20-10.