Some good news to report on the injury front for the Seattle Seahawks, as third-year wide receiver David Moore appears to be on course to return to the field for the first time this regular season.
Pete Carroll addressed media on Wednesday and said that Moore, who had been out with a shoulder injury suffered during training camp, is practicing with the intent of making his 2019 debut against the New Orleans Saints.
Carroll says David Moore practicing to play this week. Says will be "a big boost'' for offense.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 18, 2019
Moore was Seattle’s #3 wideout last season, going from preseason standout to a fairly significant part of the passing offense. He made an immediate impact with four touchdowns in three games before cooling off towards the end of the season, although his game-tying TD against the Carolina Panthers was arguably the most important play to propel Seattle to the playoffs. With Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf the obvious 1-2 tandem, expect Moore to remain at #3, which leaves Malik Turner and Jaron Brown at WR4, with John Ursua presumably 5th.
We might also see starting defensive tackle Poona Ford return from his calf injury, having missed last week’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ford practiced on Wednesday but Moore is clearly a better bet to play than Poona.
Safety Tedric Thompson is expected to be out for a second straight week, which means Lano Hill will take his place in the starting lineup. Offensive linemen Ethan Pocic (neck) and D.J. Fluker (ankle) both have got knocks on them but nothing severe enough to jeopardize their chances of making it to Sunday, although neither of them practiced on Wednesday.
Last but not least, DE Ziggy Ansah was a full participant in practice and it’s a near certainty that he will make his Seahawks debut this weekend, bolstering Seattle’s pass rush.