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Both of Seahawks top two draft picks inactive

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In the 2019 NFL Draft the Seattle Seahawks used both of their first two selections on rebuilding the defense by adding defensive end L.J. Collier out of TCU in the first and then safety Marquise Blair from Utah in the second. When those selections were made, many fans were excited for the potential for those two to step into a defense that had seen several playmakers leave in free agency or retire over the past couple of seasons. However, with the release of the inactives report for the Week 5 game against the Rams, hope for a significant impact as rookies could be fading fast.

Both first rounder Collier and second round selection Blair are healthy scratches for the battle for second place in the NFC West with the Los Angeles Rams Thursday night. The complete list of inactives includes:

  • Safety Adrian Colbert,
  • Cornerback Akeem King,
  • Offensive lineman Ethan Pocic,
  • Wide receiver Gary Jennings,
  • Wide receiver John Ursua,
  • Defensive end L.J. Collier and
  • Safety Marquise Blair.

This means that both Neiko Thorpe and Tedric Thompson are active, as are Rashaad Penny and Duane Brown. Penny, of course, has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, while Brown has been battling a biceps strain.