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Seahawks elevate Cody Thompson from practice squad, Benson Mayowa out against 49ers

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Sunday the Seattle Seahawks will take on the San Francisco 49ers, with the loser of the game vanquished to last place in the NFC West until at least Week 5. It’s the first divisional game for both teams, with both Pete Carroll and Kyle Shanahan looking to keep pace with division foes in the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams who will face off at SoFi Stadium Sunday afternoon with first place on the line.

For the Seahawks, injuries have hit the wide receiver position early in 2021, with Tyler Lockett questionable and Dee Eskridge doubtful for Week 4 against the 49ers. As a result of that, just as in Week 3, the Hawks are light at wide receiver and have turned to the practice squad to ensure they have the requisite depth at the position ahead of Sunday.

In Week 3, Seattle went into the game with Freddie Swain nursing a back injury, leading the team to elevate Cody Thompson to pick up Swain’s special teams snaps. With Eskridge seemingly unlikely to play and Lockett banged up, the team did the same again for Week 4.

Thompson played 11 special teams snaps in Week 3 in making his regular season NFL debut, and will likely be asked to contribute on special teams again against the 49ers.

In addition, as Mike Dugar of The Athletic notes, the Hawks will be without defensive end Benson Mayowa in Week 4. Even that, though, may not be enough to allow L.J. Collier to play, after having been a healthy scratch in two of the first three games of the season.