The 2023 season of the Seattle Seahawks took a nosedive in November, with the Hawks dropping four of the five games they played. The month began with the team all alone atop the NFC West and fans beginning to whisper not just about the playoffs, but about a potential path to the top seed in the conference come the postseason.
Now, as they get set to travel to the Bay Area to take on the division leading San Francisco 49ers for the second time in the past three games. The last matchup was, of course, the Thanksgiving Day disaster at Lumen Field which saw the Niners continue the dominance over the Seahawks that they showed in all three games in 2022. And, just to add fuel to the fire of the 2023 season, according to head coach Pete Carroll there is a very real chance Seattle could be without starting quarterback Geno Smith when the teams take to the field Sunday for the rematch.
Pete Carroll essentially calls Geno Smith as a gametime decision. pic.twitter.com/0EcWx7yMNd— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 8, 2023
Carroll said Smith tweaked groin in practice Thursday. Says “we’ll see” when asked if Smith will play Sunday.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 8, 2023
Carroll says they gave Smith day off to rest groin. Says they’ll take it up to gametime. But that could also be team just being intentionally vague since he had to be listed as something.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 8, 2023
Thus, with the Hawks all but needing a win to keep their playoff hopes and aspirations alive, the team could be forced to turn to backup quarterback Drew Lock, who has not started a game since late in the 2021 season when he started three games for the Denver Broncos.
Meanwhile, here’s the rest of the injury report.