While all eyes were on Jamal Adams this week, after Pete Carroll said his return was close, two other key parts of the Seahawks’ secondary look set to miss the crucial clash against the 49ers on Sunday.
Seattle’s final injury report of the week sees starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin declared out with a concussion and a hamstring injury, while Ugo Amadi, Carlos Hyde, and Mike Iupati are doubtful. Adams, meanwhile, is questionable along with Chris Carson, Travis Homer, Benson Mayowa, and Ryan Neal.
Seahawks injury report is out... Shaquill Griffin is indeed out with a concussion.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) October 30, 2020
Carlos Hyde, Mike Iupati and Ugo Amadi are all doubtful.
Jamal Adams is among those questionable. pic.twitter.com/e2QAoX3Ylr
In this specific matchup, Amadi’s likely absence will be just as large as Griffin’s, where the nickel’s intelligence and toughness defending the run would have been massive. With injuries across the secondary, the Seahawks will no doubt have to get creative. Newly signed to the 53, Damarious Randall could find himself in the slot—though an uptick in snaps for Jordyn Brooks should be a result, too. Adams will be a game-time decision after practicing on Friday.
Pete Carroll says Jamal Adams (groin/illness) will be a game-time decision.— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) October 30, 2020
He practiced today for the first time in more than a month.
They may, however, get some help in the form of a debut. D.J. Reed, who began the season on the NFI list, is ready to play and there are open roster spots available.
Pete Carroll said DJ Reed is ready to play. With injuries at DB, he could make his #Seahawks debut against his former team.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) October 30, 2020
Seattle looks likely to be similarly shorthanded in the backfield. Hyde, who was expected to start in place of Carson at the start of the week, now looks even less likely to play. Should Carson not be able to play either, rookie DeeJay Dallas will see the bulk of the work, while David Moore could figure into the equation as well. Pete Carroll told reporters Friday that Carson, Hyde, and Homer will be game-time decisions.
Carroll says they'll go all the way to game time with all three running backs. None of them practiced during the week.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) October 30, 2020
"That was just to give them every single day to get have a chance to get back."
So, for a number of key players on both sides of the ball, the pre-game fitness test will loom large.