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Seahawks Thursday injury report much cleaner

NFL: New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Blue Friday and the Seattle Seahawks are set to host the Dallas Cowboys Sunday in a Week 3 showdown between two of the top quarterbacks in the NFC. The matchup could play a significant role in playoff seeding once the end of the season arrives, however at this point both teams are likely more concerned about injuries at key position groups than thinking forward to the postseason.

As Field Gulls own Tyler Alsin recounted Wednesday, the Cowboys are set to face a red hot Russell Wilson, who has absolutely shredded opposing defenses through the first two weeks of the season, with a depleted secondary. For Seattle, it’s no secret that the weakest link on the team has been its pass rush, as the defensive line watched Quinton Jefferson sign with the Buffalo Bills early in free agency, and Jadeveon Clowney jumped ship to the Tennessee Titans on the eve of the season. Then, in Week 1 Rasheem Green suffered a neck injury that has kept him from playing since the opener, and free agent addition Bruce Irvin tore his ACL against the win over the New England Patriots and is out for the year.

And with the showdown against Dallas looming, the other starting defensive end, Benson Mayowa, has yet to practice this week due to a groin injury.

The eight members of the team who were limited or did not practice Thursday is very welcome after the lengthy injury report Wednesday. The defensive line still appears to be hard hit with both Green and Mayowa not practicing at all and Jarran Reed limited, so both stopping Ezekiel Elliott and pressuring Dak Prescott could prove difficult.

More will be known once the Friday injury report is released when the team discloses whether players are out, doubtful or questionable. With little in the way of depth on the defensive line on either the 53 man roster or the practice squad, it would certainly appear there is a very good possibility that Seattle fans may get their first looks at D’Andre Walker and Alton Robinson Sunday against Dallas.