The Seattle Seahawks saw five players miss practice on Wednesday with injuries ahead of Saturday night’s wild card matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, with five others who were limited. Among the notable names to sit were guard J.R. Sweezy and cornerback Shaquill Griffin, as they are the two who are considered “game time decisions” by Pete Carroll.
Safety Bradley McDougald, tackle Duane Brown, and full back Tre Madden also sat out practice, but no concern about missing the game has been expressed yet by Carroll or the rest of the team.
No practice again today for Shaquill Griffin or J.R. Sweezy, the Seahawks' two biggest injury question marks heading into their wild-card game at Dallas. pic.twitter.com/pN6XfF7b2z— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) January 3, 2019
Limited on Wednesday were guard D.J. Fluker, receiver Doug Baldwin, safety Tedric Thompson, and running backs Chris Carson and Mike Davis. As the case with the previous three mentions, all five are expected to be available. That’s bigger news for Fluker and Thompson, who each missed time recently and were held out of Week 17’s win over the Arizona Cardinals. Thompson’s return became more significant this week with news that Delano Hill was going on injured reserve with a hip injury.
The two question marks remain Sweezy and Griffin. If Sweezy is unable to go, then Ethan Pocic seems most likely to take his place at left guard. If Griffin is held out, the team may have to turn to Akeem King, who started Week 2 in place of Tre Flowers.
The Cowboys are mostly monitoring the status of guard Xavier Su’a-Filo and defensive lineman David Irving, but seem to be relatively healthy headed into the weekend.
The Seahawks and Cowboys kickoff at 5 PM PST on NBC on Saturday.