Sunday night’s Blood Draw in the desert continues to extract its damage, with seven Seattle Seahawks already determined not healthy enough to play in this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, including defensive end Michael Bennett.
Update: Pete Carroll said Friday that team doctors will continue checking Bennett’s knee and surgery could be a possibility early next week.
For Bennett, who battled a toe injury for extensive time in both 2014 and 2015, it will be his first missed game as a Seahawk.
#Seahawks DL Michael Bennett will miss his first game with the team on Sunday. He’s been declared out with a knee injury.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 28, 2016
Also ruled out are strong safety Kam Chancellor, who missed both of the last two weeks with a groin injury first felt after Seattle’s bye week, as well as tight end Luke Willson, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee two weeks ago, and Kevin Pierre-Louis who was filling in for Mike Morgan (who is already on injured reserve) as the starting SAM linebacker. Thomas Rawls is still out recovering from his fractured fibula in week 2.
Bradley Sowell reportedly twisted his MCL in the fourth quarter against Arizona and was replaced in that game by George Fant. Update: Sowell has been upgraded from “out” to “questionable” but did not practice this week. It remains to be seen if the Seahawks will roll with Fant again, or swap backup right tackle J’Marcus Webb to the left side, where he was a three-year starter with the Chicago Bears ... four years ago. Fant’s 25 snaps Sunday were his first official duty as a football tackle of any kind. Also apparently staggered from the Cardinals game is undrafted rookie DeAndre Ellott, a punt-team gunner who made some startling stops but strained his hamstring in the tie.
For Bennett, nobody has confirmed yet if he aggravated the hyperextension that cost him several series against the Atlanta Falcons in week 6, or if it’s a new problem. After the Falcons win, Bennett called the Jake Matthews cut block that bent his knee backward a “scary” move and Matthews a “little bitch.” Bennett didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday either. Other Seahawks starters who were given a rest Wednesday, Jimmy Graham, Bobby Wagner and Richard Sherman were all back to full participation Thursday and their game status remains undeclared. Tyler Lockett, who was a limited participant Wednesday, was back at full practice Thursday and still “questionable” against the Saints.
Russell Wilson was limited in practice for the first time in his career both Wednesday and Thursday, but insists he’s fine. 13 Seattle players, almost exactly 25 percent of the roster, is listed on the injury report.