As the Seattle Seahawks continue to prepare for their Week 4 showdown against the division rival Arizona Cardinals, the Wednesday injury report released by the team was not as reassuring as it could have been. Specifically, for a team that has struggled in generating pass rush and slowing down the opponent’s pass rush, it’s a concern to see one of the most productive defensive linemen and its top offensive lineman not practicing due to injury.
#Seahawks Injury list is lengthy today. The new items: Ethan Pocic’s back, Ziggy Ansah’s back, Travis Homer’s quad.— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) September 25, 2019
Pete said Rashaad Penny was going to practice. He did not practice. pic.twitter.com/6YGCz0KI5Z
Obviously, Duane Brown and Quinton Jefferson not practicing could be more precautionary than anything, but it is certainly worthy of a raised eyebrow or two. To note, while Pete Carroll has downplayed the severity of Brown’s injury, the fact that it kept him from playing down the stretch in the team’s Week 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints is far from reassuring. Thus, even though there’s no doubt that Brown will play as long as he’s able to, if it turns out that he’s effectively playing with one arm that could prove an issue against Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs. Jones and Suggs have combined for five sacks already through the first three games of the season, and it’s not hard to imagine Cardinals defenders giving the Seahawks offensive line fits. If Brown is unable to play on Sunday, George Fant would seem to be in line to get the nod to play, after having been inserted at left tackle against the Saints following Brown’s injury.
Carroll also expects running back Rashaad Penny to be back in practice to some degree on Thursday, which could create an interesting situation regarding the running back position. Specifically, while C.J. Prosise has been developed quite the reputation for being injury prone since being selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, of the four running backs on the roster, both Penny and Travis Homer are on the injury report, while Chris Carson is fighting fumble issues.
In any case, we’ll know more once the team releases the Thursday injury report.