The Seahawks will head into Sunday's matchup with the Rams short a few of their key starters, as LB Bobby Wagner, C Max Unger, and TE Zach Miller have all been declared out.
Wagner suffered a turf toe injury on Sunday against the Cowboys, and Pete Carroll noted this afternoon that "he's really sore and looks like it's going to be a while" before he returns to action. Turf toe injuries suck, for the record, and can be very finicky and recurrent. Here's to hoping that Wagner can get healthy over the next few weeks and get back onto the field.
In the meantime, K.J. Wright moves to the middle linebacker position for Wagner, a role he's assumed in the past as well, and that means that we'll see a combination of Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith, and probably O'Brien Schofield and Mike Morgan on the outside. It's a huge blow to lose Wagner from the starting lineup, but Wright is a good stand-in in the meantime, and outside linebacker is a deep position for Seattle.
As for Unger, it's looking like his ankle injury is serious enough to keep him out a few weeks. In his place, Stephen Schilling will get his second start, and will have to face off against the Rams' defensive line, who was highly lauded prior to the year but has just one sack through five games. Schilling did well last week against the Cowboys but will have his hands full. It's also noteworthy that having Schilling snap the ball apparently (per Carroll) caused some of the false start penalties Seattle committed on Sunday. Hopefully a full week of practice will help clean that up.
On the good-news front, it's looking like Byron Maxwell has a shot at playing this week, as "he's made a big jump," per Carroll, on his rehab of a strained calf. Carroll continued, "We'll see. We're going day to day with him and will see what happens. He's shocked the guys that he's back as quick as he is to this point. We don't know what that means until the weekend."
If Maxwell can't go, it's hoped right now that Tharold Simon will be ready by Sunday, and he practiced fully today, telling reporters that he feels ready to go. If both Maxwell and Simon cannot play, DeShawn Shead has been getting reps outside, per Carroll, so that could be an option. Marcus Burley, who played 60+ snaps last week both on the inside and then the outside when Maxwell went down, can also fill in.
-- Jeremy Lane is back at practice. He's not eligible to play until Week 10, I believe.
-- Kam Chancellor practiced yesterday and is going forward like he'll play this week.
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