The Seattle Seahawks practiced on Thursday. This is not surprising. What is a little surprising is that not a single active player didn’t practice, at least in a limited capacity. Only three players — including just one starter — was limited in practice, while everyone else was full go. Though the Seahawks are without Earl Thomas for the rest of the season, this is now as healthy as they could possibly be, including the returns of K.J. Wright and Ed Dickson after missing the first six games.
Defensive tackle Jarran Reed was out sick on Wednesday, but a full-go on Thursday. Dickson, Wright, Nick Vannett, Rashaad Penny, and Dion Jordan were updated from limited to full. Only D.J. Fluker, Rasheem Green, and Neiko Thorpe were limited.
There’s been no indication that Fluker will miss the game, while Green is also expected to return after missing the last three games with an ankle injury. In fact, Seattle may struggle with the decision as far as what seven players to keep inactive on Sunday in Detroit when they take on the Lions in a key game for the NFC playoff races.
Offensive lineman Jordan Simmons, one or two of the tight ends behind Dickson and Nick Vannett (Darrell Daniels, Tyrone Swoopes), C.J. Prosise, linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee, and safety Shalom Luani seem like the most likely candidates to sit. That would be 5-6 players, meaning perhaps safety/linebacker Mo Alexander, linebackers Austin Calitro or Shaquem Griffin, or defensive tackle Nazair Jones could be candidates to be the sixth or seventh player inactive if all are healthy.
If it’s a problem to have too many healthy players, it’s certainly the best problem to have.
(Literally 10 seconds after I published this, Bob Condotta sent out this update: Shamar Stephen sat out practice today, the Seahawks apparently forgot to mention that. Make Stephen the most likely player to be inactive on Sunday for injury reasons and it is unlikely Nazair Jones would sit)
Seahawks just sent an updated injury report that DT Shamar Stephen sat out today with a foot injury. So that's something to watch. Everyone else took part at least limited (Fluker, Green, Thorpe) or full.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 25, 2018