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Seahawks injury report, snap count notes

Max Unger was in a walking boot after the game, but the Seahawks got out of Washington in good shape.

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The Seahawks got some bumps and bruises in their Monday Night matchup with Washington, but escaped relatively unscathed on the injury front.

Max Unger left the game for a little while and was originally announced as "out" with an ankle injury, but he returned nonetheless to finish the game. He was seen wearing a boot after the game, but Pete Carroll made sure to note that the Hawks did not suffer any significant injuries. If Unger's ankle injury keeps him out an extended period of time, backup center Stephen Schilling would presumably get the start. Schilling saw three snaps in Ungers' stead last night.

Percy Harvin also briefly left the game with cramps after he fell on this play....


... but he returned as well. He appears to be just fine. Marshawn Lynch also had his back tighten up prior to the game and he sat out the first couple of plays, but after riding an exercise bike on the sideline for a while, he got out on to the field. Lynch was spelled throughout the game by Robert Turbin. This is an issue that Lynch has been dealing with for years so I'd expect he'll sit out of practice early this week but be ready to go for Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys.

Snap Counts:


Luke Willson was the beneficiary of Zach Miller's injury in the snap-count department, and he played 63 of the Seahawks 67 offensive snaps. What this tells us, honestly, is that Willson took on Miller's role and Seattle did not alter the way they play their scheme -- the 2nd year pro was asked to single-block on the edge against defensive ends and held up remarkably well in that area. He did have a drop, but overall his pass and run blocking were the main things to be concerned about and he acquitted himself nicely there. Cooper Helfet added 17 snaps.

Seattle's wide receiver rotation remained pretty consistent, with Doug Baldwin (61 snaps) and Jermaine Kearse (60 snaps) getting the bulk of the time on the outside, with the Seahawks continuing to manage Percy Harvin's workload (39 snaps). Harvin's an amazingly explosive and field-tilting player, but thus far I've been a fan of how Seattle has worked out his snapcounts in order to keep him healthy and keep him contributing on special teams. Harvin's hidden yardage totals in this game were excellent, as Washington decided to kick short and award Seattle great field position rather than give Harvin the ball.

Derrick Coleman played 14 snaps (21%), which, outside of the weird San Diego game, is right around the season-long frequency that Seattle's been using their two running back personnel groups (Green Bay: 21%; San Diego: 1%, Denver: 18%). In seasons past, the Hawks had favored using two-back sets more around 33% of the time, so this signals a little bit of a change in how they use personnel. Harvin is obviously a big reason for this.

At running back, Lynch got 44 snaps and Robert Turbin got 14.



As for the defense, it's worth pointing to Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett's increased snap counts. Bennett was on the field for 87% of the Seahawks snaps, and Avril 75% -- a big increase over their averages from last season (57% and 52%, respectively). This is something to monitor -- it's been a part of the Seahawks' plan after losing Chris Clemons and Red Bryant, but there's always the worry that the increased workload could hurt production.

That's hopefully where a now-healthy Bruce Irvin (35 snaps) can come in, along with Obi Schofield (20 snaps), and with an increased load to the so-far pretty impressive Cash Marsh (11 snaps), Bennett and Avril can get a little more relief during games. Interestingly, with Irvin playing a good amount of his snaps at linebacker, Malcolm Smith didn't see the field save for special teams.

Jordan Hill is continuing to play a good amount of snaps with 25 this week, more than Banger (20), Kevin Williams (20), or Tony McDaniel (18).