Thursday the Seattle Seahawks took to the practice field for the next to last tune up prior to what is all of a sudden a very important Week 4 divisional matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Even though the calendar will have just flipped to October, the Seahawks find themselves in the undesirable position of potentially falling well behind the NFC West division leaders early in the season.
Obviously, it’s not time to panic for a team that has made the postseason in each of the past three seasons, but the Thursday injury report ahead of the showdown with the 49ers is not exactly what fans would be hoping for.
Thus, the good news at receiver is that rookie Dee Eskridge is back to practicing, even if as a limited participant. The bad news is that the team’s leading receiver, Tyler Lockett, missed practice with a hip injury. That could prove crucial in the coming weeks, as the Hawks could potentially be taking on two of their top division opponents with one of their most dangerous offensive weapons limited or unavailable.
In any case, right tackle Brandon Shell also did not practice Thursday due to his ankle injury. Jamarco Jones and Jake Curhan split snaps at right tackle last week, but both of them had their hands full most of the game with Danielle Hunter. Shell’s status will obviously be something to watch in the coming days as 49ers defensive linemen Nick Bosa, Arik Armstaead Dee Ford and Kentavius Street will be licking their chops at the prospect of facing off against Jones or Curhan.