According to Jason La Canfora, John Moffitt’s knee injury is serious enough to require surgery, so he is out for the rest of the year. Backup lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre played well after replacing Moffitt in the first quarter, but this is bad news for the Seahawks. Unlike fellow 2011 draft pick James Carpenter, who has struggled as the team’s starting right tackle all season long, Moffitt had really come into his own and made right guard a position of strength for Seattle. Here’s hoping he can come back strong next season and continue his great development.
Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice suffered concussions in similar circumstances; both were tackled and driven shoulder-and-head first into the turf. Kam Chancellor also suffered a concussion, but his was self-inflicted. Chancellor is a big hitter, but he has a bad habit of leading with his helmet on tackles and this time that really came back to bite him. Here’s hoping he learned his lesson this time, assuming he remembers anything about the tackle afterwards. In all three cases, the players will have to pass a concussion test to be cleared to play in next week’s game in St. Louis.
Two key backups on defense, DL Anthony Hargrove and S Atari Bigby, suffered hamstring injuries during the game and were unable to return. Both have been previously listed as having hamstring injuries on the weekly injury reports, Hargrove prior to the Giants game in week five and Bigby leading up to the Bengals game in week eight, so it’s likely that both players simply reaggravated the same injuries.
Phew! I feel a sigh of relief after listening to Coach Pete Carroll’s press conference. Below is a few injury updates that Pete talked about:
- TE John Carlson should return to practice this week
- WR Mike Williams has a first degree ankle sprain but has not been ruled out yet for the 49er game. We will know more later in the week.
- DT Colin Cole is a “full go” this week. We need him back to help against the run.
- WR Ben Obomanu has laceration from helmet hit to hand. He is sore today and also is uncertain whether he can play on Sunday.
- OL Chester Pitts could start practicing later this week, but likely will not be ready for Sunday.
- CB Roy Lewis (knee) is expected to be fine.
That’s a lot of good news so far. Of course things may change later in the week.
We’re still 2.5 hours away from game time and about 1.5 hours away from the inactives list hits the interwebs, but we do know a few things. Consider this a pre-inactives projection.
- Russell Okung – after suffering a high ankle sprain in the third play of the second game of his first preseason, Big Daddy Russ will make his NFL debut today. I would be very surprised if he debuted in a starting role, but he will probably be thrown in there for a series or two, if nothing else.
- Aaron Curry – practiced fully on Friday and will play. It was just a strain and, as of Wednesday, Curry felt “112%.”
- Chris Clemons – probably after suffering an ankle injury in the first practice of the week, I would be shocked if Clemons wasn’t ready to go. This is a position that we really have no depth (sorry Dexter, love ya, but…). He should be able to tee off against rookie LT Roger Saffold who, while talented, seems to have a lot of trouble with speed rushes off the edge. As luck would have it, that’s Clemons’ specialty.
- Mike Williams – He’ll play, he’s fine. He was a little light in practices this week with that shoulder injury, but if he came back in last week you can be pretty sure he’ll play this week.
- Sean Locklear – The first big question mark of the day. Locklear will be one of quite a few gametime decisions, but will probably be suited up and ready to go. If not, Okung might be relied more heavily on, as Tyler Polumbus is the RT back up. Stacy Andrews has not been mentioned for the RT spot despite coming here to play that position.
- Marcus Trufant – Game time decision, but he did not practice on Friday. He’s too important to risk losing for longer, and with a bum ankle I struggle to see how he can be up to full speed. I imagine he’ll sit this one out and Walter Thurmond will get the start.
- Brandon Mebane – The big man has been limited in practice most of the week and has a history of calf injuries. I think he’ll be active, I think he’ll play, but I think Raheem Brock and Junior Siavii will rotate in much more frequently, with Mebane probably in on rushing downs only. If the Seahawks believe that Craig Terrill has kept in football shape the last month, Mebane may be inactive.
Just a couple things to keep you going on Apple Cup Saturday (Go Dawgs!).
- Julius Jones will be a game time decision against the Rams. Why? What good does this team do by starting an injured Jones when you’ve got Forsett and Rankin aching to prove themselves? Either way, Forsett will get plenty of work, but for the future of this team, I think we are pretty much all hoping to see if J-Force and L-Ranky can play in this league.
- Deon Grant said that his wrist will require surgery, but he wants to see how he plays this week and if the wrist is seriously screwed up. So, he’ll play, but maybe not a whole game and maybe not beyond this week. I for one would love to see whether Jamar Adams can play. I know the team wants to win and Ruskell wants his job saved, but we have got to see young guys playing if we want any chance to win in the future.
- Red Bryant is questionable with a sprained knee.
- Cory Redding (knee), Chris Spencer (thumb), Craig Terrill (shoulder) are all probable for the game.
- Josh Wilson was not on the injury report, indicating he will play. Phew!
by: Mike Parker
Danny O’Neil reported in his blog that Matt Hasselbeck is in Los Angeles today seeing a specialist about his back and leg problems. Holmgren hasn’t been specific about whether or not the QB will return Sunday against the Eagles, but he’s been quoted as saying it’s “possible.”
Meanwhile, Deion Branch is likely out for another game because of what appears to be increased soreness in the heel injury he sustained against the Giants. With that kind of injury, it’s especially nerve-wracking because of how close it is to the Achilles’ tendon, so Branch is probably going to be out indefinitely. Don’t be surprised to hear him placed on IR if things don’t start looking up.
Lofa Tatupu will also see limited time in practice this week because of a groin injury suffered Sunday, and Patrick Kerney got a little dinged up in the shoulder that he had surgery on during the offseason. Neither Lofa’s nor Pat’s injuries sound like anything to be concerned about, but I seem to recall saying that before about other players.
At any rate, as soon as we know what’s up, you’ll know what’s up – good or bad. -END-