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Pete Carroll expects Mike Iupati, Brandon Shell back, uncertain on Jamal Adams and Jarran Reed

Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks are not nearly as banged up entering the playoffs compared to last season, but they aren’t out of the woods as far as key players.

Both Jarran Reed and Jamal Adams were unable to finish Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers. Reed had been dealing with a chest injury for multiple weeks, whereas Adams hurt his left shoulder on a chip block by Jerick McKinnon. This is not the same shoulder he injured earlier in the year, and Adams was visibly frustrated on the sidelines.

For good news, left guard Mike Iupati and right tackle Brandon Shell are both expected to return for Saturday’s Wild Card matchup versus the Los Angeles Rams.

Iupati has been dealing with a neck problem, whereas Shell was on the COVID-19/reserve list but only because he was a close contact of someone who tested positive. Shell himself has repeatedly tested negative.

If they can both go then this would be the first time since the New York Jets game that the original starting offensive line group would be together. Even then, Shell immediately left before halftime after re-aggravating his sprained ankle. Seattle’s best combo of Brown-Iupati-Pocic-Lewis-Shell has only played five games together.

As for Reed and Adams... we remain uncertain.