The Seattle Seahawks are set to play the Los Angeles Rams at 1:05 PM PST in the first regular season game in the city since December 24, 1994 (a 24-21 win for the Washington Redskins). One player not expected to miss the first start of his career is quarterback Russell Wilson, despite Adam Schefter reporting that he has a high ankle sprain.
Russell Wilson battling high ankle sprain, per source. Will play today, movement could be hindered but one source said, "He’s doing great."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 18, 2016
I’m not sure what the difference is between Wilson’s high ankle sprain and some others that are deemed much more serious but it sounds like he’s dealing with it just fine and it would be surprising if Pete Carroll put him out there against Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald if his movement was going to be hindered by much. I expect us to rarely notice that Wilson is hurt, if at all.
It’s a high ankle sprain that’s afflicting rookie tight end Nick Vannett, as he’ll be out again today; Vannett will have missed two preseason and two regular season games with the injury. Rookie offensive lineman Germain Ifedi (ankle) will also be out on Sunday, but rumors are that rookie guard Rees Odhiambo will start at right guard despite J’Marcus Webb potentially being healthy enough to play through an injured ankle of his own.
C.J. Prosise (wrist) and Jimmy Graham (knee) were full participants in Friday’s practice and should be set to play without too many restrictions on Sunday, though I would be surprised if Graham went from the 17 snaps he had in Week 1 to 50+ snaps in Week 2.
Seattle could be the first team to win in LA since those Redskins nearly 22 years ago, in a game that featured Heath Shuler, Henry Ellard, and Desmond Howard for Washington and Jerome Bettis, Chris Miller, and Flipper Anderson for Los Angeles.
It’s 70 degrees as I write this from LA, a beautiful morning indeed, with temps expected to be in the low-90s right around the time the Seahawks and Rams will be kicking off. Who’s going to the game?