It’s the day before the day before (a meaningless preseason game), and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was unfortunately the bearer of bad news on the injury front.
Carroll spoke with media after Friday’s practice, and among the things he addressed was the respective setbacks for DE Ziggy Ansah and G Mike Iupati. Ansah, who’s months removed from from shoulder surgery, hurt his groin in workouts earlier in the week. He did add that it won’t necessarily prevent him from being able to play Week 1, but all signs prior to this injury were pointing to him definitely being available against the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s not like the Seahawks have an embarrassment of riches at defensive end... more like a sparse safe with cobwebs in the back.
A bit more concerning is Mike Iupati, who had a recurrence of a calf injury that does not have a timetable for his recovery. He’s expected to be Seattle’s starting left guard, but he missed several games in 2018 and almost all of 2017 with injury. During Seahawks training camp he was in a walking boot because of a foot injury, which it looks like he’s no longer dealing with.
On the topic of guards, Jordan Simmons is going to be out for a bit after another knee surgery, this after knee surgery ended his season last December. Rookie guard Phil Haynes, who’s been out after sports hernia surgery, is unlikely to play in preseason but the hope is he’ll be around for Week 1.
As for this Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, Shaquem Griffin (knee) and Bo Scarbrough (hand and groin) are probably gameday decisions. There’s even a chance Lano Hill (hip) can play this weekend, in what would be his first action since Week 17 of the 2018 regular season.