Mike Iupati is doubtful to play at left guard with a neck injury. Duane Brown is questionable, just a couple of weeks removed from a minor knee surgery. George Fant, who has played in Brown’s place in the previous two games, is questionable as well with a groin injury.
In any situation, this banged up front would be less than ideal. In a playoff game, on the road, against a Packers’ defensive line that boasts three talented rushers, it’s downright terrifying.
Luckily, the Seahawks may be getting some good news on Sunday afternoon.
Brown, who along with Iupati has been the team’s best lineman this season–and would face either Preston Smith or Za’Darius Smith on most snaps Sunday–told ESPN’s Josina Anderson he expects to play.
#Seahawks LT Duane Brown (knee) told me "right now, I’d say that I’m going to play." Brown who missed the last 3Gs after minor knee surgery told me he'll still triple chk it pregame w/some sprints but added, "I've played enough football to know how I feel & right now I feel good"— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 12, 2020
As Brown says, right now that’s a declaration that’s based off how he is feeling. There will be an on field workout he and the other game time decisions have to get through, and with so few healthy linemen the “triple check” will be crucial, so as to not be undermanned should Brown or Fant have to come out of the game. But to begin a pivotal Sunday in Seattle’s season, there’s a glimmer of hope on the offensive line.