After a weekend off from the rigors of an NFL game, the Seattle Seahawks return to the field on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that was once scheduled to be a primetime game, but will now be played in the early slot. The difference between the early slot and an evening primetime game is significant, as teams from the Pacific Time Zone playing against a team from the Eastern Time Zone win a significantly greater percentage of the matchups than would otherwise be expected.
In any case, it’s now a 10 AM start that will be played on grass, with weather forecasts also calling for a chance of rain, so it appears as though the football gods may be pulling out all the kyrptonite for Russell Wilson & Co. this weekend. In any case, the Wednesday injury report is typically far longer than the final injury report for most teams, especially this late in the season.
That is no different for the Seahawks this week, who listed 17 of the 53 players on the active roster on the initial injury report. Obviously, several of the players on the injury report will return to practice Thursday or Friday, since they aren’t actually listed on the injury report for injury reasons. Chris Carson, Jacob Hollister, Mike Iupati, Bobby Wagner and Al Woods are all listed on the report, but all of them are listed as having been limited in practice Wednesday for non-injury reasons.
As the week progresses, it won’t be much of a surprise at all if the injury report is whittled down to just a handful of names. That said, with Jarran Reed, Jadeveon Clowney, Quinton Jefferson and Al Woods all listed on the report Wednesday, the pass rush for the Seahawks will continue to be a closely watched item through Sunday.
In addition, the status of Tyler Lockett returning following the contusion that knocked him out of the latter part of the fourth quarter and overtime against the San Francisco 49ers will be important to watch in the coming days.