The Seattle Seahawks are set to host the New York Giants Sunday afternoon in a matchup of first place teams. Seattle enters the game with an 8-3 record while holding a lead of a full game over the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West, while the Giants enter the game tied at 4-7 with the Washington Football Team, however, the Giants swept the season series from Washington, given them first place via tiebreaker.
That said, when the two teams take the field, the Hawks will do so without one of their starting corners. The Seattle secondary has battled injury issues for much of the year, as Shaquill Griffin, Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar have all missed time due to injury, with Dunbar eventually landing on injured reserve with a knee injury. Saturday the Seahawks also added Tre Flowers to injured reserve, meaning he will not play against New York.
In addition to moving Flowers to injured reserve, the Seahawks also moved defensive tackle Bryan Mone from injured reserve to the COVID-19 reserve list, making Mone the first member of the Seahawks to be place on the COVID list since the start of the regular season.
Seahawks today placed CB Tre Flowers (hamstring) on Injured Reserve. Also elevated tackle Chad Wheeler off practice squad and placed DT Bryan Mone on the COVID-19 reserve list. Mone becomes the first player Seattle has placed on that list during the season.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 5, 2020
Finally, with Brandon Shell doubtful and Cedric Ogbuehi having been downgraded to questionable for Sunday, the Hawks also elevated Chad Wheeler from the practice squad. Wheeler began his NFL career playing for Mike Solari as a member of the New York Giants in 2017, and it is not unthinkable to imagine he could be called upon to face his former team if Ogbuehi and Shell are unable to play, or if one of them is lost to injury during the game.
In any case, the Seattle-New York showdown Sunday afternoon could potentially give Seahawks fans another chance to see Jamarco Jones at tackle, or for Seattle fans to get their first glimpses of Chad Wheeler on the field.