The good news for Seattle Seahawks right tackle Brandon Shell is that he is finally off the injury report and in theory he can play against the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, he’s not completely out of the woods as there’s a developing COVID-19 situation.
Pete Carroll told reporters on Friday that Shell was considered a close contact to a COVID-19 positive person. While Shell has not yet tested positive, he didn’t practice on Friday and they don’t know whether he’ll have to be placed on the COVID-19/reserve list.
Seahawks RT Brandon Shell was not listed on Seahawks' final injury report, indicating he'll play Sunday, but Pete Carroll told reporters he's been deemed a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Shell has continued to test negative, but didn't practice today.— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) January 1, 2021
The Seahawks have been quite fortunate that only Bryan Mone (who was on injured reserve at the time) has been placed on the COVID-19/reserve list due to testing positive or coming into contact with someone who did test positive. For now, Shell is good to play on Sunday but if his name is placed on the list after this article goes up, then it’s Cedric Ogbuehi time once again. And to Ogbuehi’s credit, he has been surprisingly serviceable over the past couple of weeks.
In other injury report news, Greg Olsen will not play due to a sore foot so they’ll hold him until the playoffs. DeeJay Dallas and Jayson Stanley are also out, while Carlos Hyde is questionable with a non-COVID related illness.
UPDATE: Carlos Hyde is now out.
Seahawks' RB Carlos Hyde, who missed practice time this week due to a non-COVID-related illness, did not make the trip to Arizona today and is out for Sunday's game against the 49ers.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 2, 2021