Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals, which will be his second straight missed game. Lynch is battling a hamstring injury, along with calf and neck issues, and I would guess the Seahawks do not want to exacerbate these injuries by forcing him back into action too soon. The problem, of course, is that there are some major depth issues with Lynch out, as backup Fred Jackson is also questionable for Sunday after suffering a high ankle sprain last week.
Per Jason La Canfora, though, "Jackson ... has told teammates he has every intention of facing Cincy." So, that's good news. If there's any doubt about Jackson's availability for Sunday, the Seahawks could call up practice squad RB Rod Smith, and Derrick Coleman can also take carries out of the backfield. Coleman was a running back in college at UCLA and is a very good athlete, but this obviously isn't an ideal situation for Seattle.
The other position that looks really thin right now is cornerback. Tharold Simon (toe) and Marcus Burley (thumb) have both been ruled out as well, while Tye Smith (hip) is doubtful. All this leaves Seattle with three healthy cornerbacks: Richard Sherman, Cary Williams, and DeShawn Shead. Steven Terrell can fill in at that spot in a pinch and is listed as probable.
So, what's this mean? It's likely we'll see Seattle make a move or two on Saturday, calling up another cornerback (perhaps Kevin Short) or running back. Stand by for news on that.
Kevin Pierre-Louis and Demarcus Dobbs are doubtful.
Brandon Mebane and Ricardo Lockette are probable.