It’s the back half of the NFL season, which means rosters are beginning to show the tolls of attrition and the outlook for playoff races is starting to form. For the Seattle Seahawks, that means a quick trip to take on the San Francisco 49ers in a primetime game with significant implications for not only the NFC West division, but NFC Wild Card positioning as well.
With playoff implications as large as they are for this game, the Seahawks are about as healthy as a team can be heading into the back half of the season, and while there are a lot of names included on the injury report, every starter is expected to be able to play.
That is good news for the Seahawks, and perhaps the best injury news the team could receive is the fact that Quinton Jefferson is expected to return to the field in Week 10. QJeff started the season strong, registering two sacks and seven quarterback hits through the first five weeks, but hasn’t played as much in recent weeks following an oblique strain suffered in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Prior to suffering the oblique injury, Jefferson was arguably the best pass rusher Seattle had on the field, as he led the team in sacks, quarterback hits and pressures through the first six weeks of the season. Whether he will be able to return to the field and make that same kind of impact remains to be seen, but the Hawks needing every bit of pass rush they can muster, it seems as though Jefferson could be a name that fans hear a lot of not just against the Niners, but through the remainder of the season as well.