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Seahawks injury updates: Defense likely down 2 starters vs Cardinals

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NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks defense could be the best in the NFL, but going against division rival Arizona Cardinals this Sunday night, they might be down to their backup strong safety and third string SAM linebacker.

News on Friday was that the Seahawks are listing linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis as OUT and strong safety Kam Chancellor as DOUBTFUL against the Cardinals. They will also be without tight end Luke Willson and running back Thomas Rawls, but both of those were expected. Running back C.J. Prosise will be a gametime decision.

Pete Carroll told reporters that Chancellor had trouble going on Thursday and Friday, so they’ll give him another two days to see if he happens to be ready by Sunday but that sounds unlikely. Kelcie McCray will start in his place for the second week in a row if he can’t play.

McCray had three tackles last week against the Atlanta Falcons but there were several coverage breaks that led to passing touchdowns by Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan. Not that those were all McCray’s fault, but clearly something was off about the Seattle secondary. Either way, we know that Chancellor is an important part of the defense.

Pierre-Louis made two tackles in the game but played well according to our Field Gulls grades. His absence could mean extended playing time at SAM for Cassius Marsh or Jordan Tripp. Brock Coyle and Dewey McDonald are also available if need be.

The good news is that it sounds like tight end Jimmy Graham will play after suffering a hip injury vs Atlanta. Graham has 18 catches for 302 yards over the last three games. Willson’s absence means extended playing time for Nick Vannett and Brandon Williams. It also appears that Frank Clark and Michael Bennett are good to go.

The Seahawks are definitely banged up, but no more than expected for your average NFL team by Week 7.