On the heels of last weeks roller coaster performance in Denver last Sunday, the secondary is banged up as well. Both starting cornerbacks were injured, as well as a starting safety. That is very bad news for a unit that needs a bounce-back performance.
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Both starting corners from last week, Shaquill Griffin and Tre Flowers missed most if not all of practice this week. Tre Flowers, who some might argue shouldn’t start anyway this week, is doubtful to play due to a hamstring injury. He’s a converted safety and had his issues with coverage last week, but has shown some flashes of greatness. If he’s unable to play many snaps or play at all, sixth-year pro, Neiko Thorpe will start in his place.
Griffin the other starting cornerback is dealing with a thigh injury. He missed practice during the week, before coming back as a limited participant over the weekend. Arguably the Seattle Seahawks best cover man, it would be devastating should he miss many snaps in Chicago. If he does rest some plays, former Tennessee Volunteer Justin Coleman, who played in all 16 games for the Seahawks last year, will replace him.
Last Sunday, Bradley McDougald picked off Denver quarterback Case Keenum twice. He and fellow safety Earl Thomas were the stars of the defense. A knee injury that has been nagging McDougald since the preseason, flared up again. He was limited in practice during the week but will play against the Bears.
McDougald’s back up Delano Hill may not be as fortunate. Hill sat out of practice all week with a hamstring injury. As a result, Seattle promoted Shalom Luani from the practice squad. Regardless, Tedric Thompson will be the main replacement for both safety slots.
What originally looked like a tough task, winning on the road in Chicago, has become much harder due to Seattle’s banged up defensive unit. The “next man up” is under the gun.