It’s the day before the day before! The 2018 Seattle Seahawks season gets underway in about 48 hours, as they take on the Denver Broncos in the Mile High City.
We already know that linebacker K.J. Wright is out with a knee injury, so rookie Shaquem Griffin will get the start. The Seahawks have also confirmed through Friday’s injury report that right guard D.J. Fluker is out with a hamstring strain. That means that J.R. Sweezy, who used to be a regular starter on Seattle’s offensive line in his first stint with the Seahawks, is going to be a day-one starter in his second stint.
New on the injury front is presumptive starting cornerback Dontae Johnson, who has a groin strain (although the injury report says hip) just a few weeks removed from healing up his broken foot. He’s been listed as questionable, and if he can’t go, that means rookie Tre Flowers and/or Neiko Thorpe could be getting snaps in Johnson’s absence.
On the positive side, head coach Pete Carroll says that Dion Jordan is going to play on Sunday, after being a question mark throughout preseason with a knee issue. That’s a big boost for Seattle’s very uncertain pass rush. Rookie RB Rashaad Penny is back from his broken finger, so he’s good to go.
Lastly, Earl Thomas is back from his holdout, but he’s a game-day decision as far as whether or not he’ll be on the field come Sunday.
Practice hasn’t finished up as of this writing, so this is the current injury report, and the post will be updated if anything new comes up.