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.
Pete Carroll said Brandon Shell and Mike Iupati will be back on Saturday vs. the Rams. (via @710ESPNSeattle)— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) January 4, 2021
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.
Jarran Reed is "pretty sore" with his oblique strain. Pete Carroll said he doesn't know if Reed will play on Saturday. (via @710ESPNSeattle)— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) January 4, 2021
Pete Carroll said he hasn't seen Jamal Adams yet.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) January 4, 2021
Carroll said Adams was crushed after injuring his shoulder.
"We'll see what happens. I can't tell you right now. We don't know."
Not a guarantee that Adams plays this week, it seems. (via @710ESPNSeattle)