Later this week the Seattle Seahawks will travel cross country for the third time already this season, having already traveled to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. This Sunday, though, it’s a matchup against former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, whose 1-6 Atlanta Falcons currently sit in last place in the NFC South.
That said, regardless of the level of competition the Falcons bring this weekend, there were a few new names included on the Wednesday injury report filed by the team.
Russell Wilson being on the injury report is, obviously, the biggest addition, but as he was a full participant and is likely to play unless he’s dead, I’m not worried about Wilson. However, protecting Wilson could be interesting this Sunday, with both Duane Brown and his backup George Fant listed as limited in practice on Wednesday. That will be a situation that bears watching, and if for some reason neither of them are able to play on Sunday, then fans who have been clamoring to see what Jamarco Jones can do at tackle may get their wish.
As far as those players who did not participate at all in practice, Bradley McDougald was not expected to participate as he’s still battling his back spasms, and Pete Carroll has already said Lano Hill is out for some time with his elbow injury. In what is a surprise addition, however, Tre Flowers was limited just days after having what Carroll called his best game yet, so that is something to watch this week. In Week 7 Quinton Jefferson played through the oblique injury that kept him out of practice, so it seems likely he could be limited each of the next couple of days and still play Sunday against the Falcons.
Chris Carson and Tyler Lockett were limited in practice as well, but it was not injury related. This is the second week in a row that Carson and Lockett were were both limited in practice on Wednesday, and I’d guess it’s simply the team giving them some rest while others get practice reps.
In any case, the situation at left tackle certainly bears watching going forward, meaning the injury reports for both Thursday and Friday will be very interesting to see.