Sunday the Seattle Seahawks defeated the New England Patriots 35-30 in a thrilling victory, but the win is certainly proving to have come at a cost. In addition to losing both Marquise Blair and Bruce Irvin for the remainder of the season to ACL injuries, the Seahawks initial injury report Wednesday listed 19 of 53 players on the roster, which is 35.8% of players on the team.
While many of the players listed are there solely for rest purposes and do not come as a surprise, there are several names that raise an eyebrow.
Seahawks injury report is....long. pic.twitter.com/w8SFGas9DI— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) September 24, 2020
The resting of Greg Olsen, Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and Chris Carson is not surprising, nor is the fact that Duane Brown did not participate due to a knee injury. The listing of a foot injury is new for Brown, so that might bear watching in the coming days and weeks, but it’s likely that most Field Gulls readers will participate in Wednesday practice with the Seahawks as often as Brown does during the 2020 season. Brown is the fourth oldest offensive lineman to start a game in the NFL this season, and whether or not he participates in practice is unlikely to have an impact on how he performs on the field on gameday, so his Wednesday rest will likely be a season long thing.
However, seeing Will Dissly listed on the injury report with an Achilles issue and Jarran Reed with a back issue is not a pleasant sight for Seattle fans. Hopefully any Achilles issue for Dissly is simply the internal stitches aggravating him, much like Richard Sherman complained about how his internal stitches bothered him during the 2018 season. Sherman had the stitches removed prior to the 2019 season and stated things improved greatly, so Seattle fans can remain hopeful the same will be the case for Dissly.
Reed’s back injury is also a significant question mark. Whether it’s simply a minor ding or something more serious that warrants worrying, fans have no idea at this point. The fact that it prevented Reed from practicing is somewhat alarming, but with any luck that was simply precautionary. However, back injuries have a tendency to linger, so it remains to be seen how that progresses. Hopefully Reed is back on the field Thursday and the fact that Seattle is set to host defensive tackle Damon Harrison just days after promoting Anthony Rush from the practice squad are in no way related to Reed’s back injury. That said, looking at all three of those things together could certainly lead one to believe Reed might miss some time with whatever is ailing him.
The other item of note on the list of those who did not participate is the fact that while it is no surprise Rasheem Green did not practice after missing Week 2, the fact that Benson Mayowa did not practice as well could be an issue. The Seattle pass rush has struggled so far this season as it is, and if Mayowa winds up missing time after the loss of Irvin and Green’s status up in the air, it could prove troublesome. No comfort is added by the fact that one of the heroes of the goal line stop of Cam Newton Sunday, L.J. Collier, was listed on the injury report with a wrist injury.
In any case, it’s only Wednesday, and hopefully the injury report will shorten drastically in the coming days as the Week 3 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys approaches.