One of the things we haven’t done a good job of covering this year was just how banged up the Seahawks have been. I’m not talking about players on injured reserve like in past seasons, but instead players missing games, or missing considerable practice time because of minor injuries. Last week’s bye was a much needed chance for the Seahawks to get healthy.
Both KJ Wright and James Carpenter are back from missing games due to concussions. Wright’s presence on the field is an instant upgrade for the team’s run defense. The Same can be said for Carpenter and the teams run blocking. havinf both of those guys back should be a big lift.
There have also been a number of players playing through injuries that should be feeling better this week as well. For instance, Doug Baldwin has been playing on an injured ankle for a couple weeks, but only because he returned from that injury a couple weeks early. Now he should be finally fully healthy.
The same can be said for a number of banged up Seahawks. Greg Scruggs (oblique), Byron Maxwell (hamstring), and Clinton McDonald (groin), have all be hobbled in recent games, but should now be back to full strength because of the bye.
Even the guys with chronic injuries, like Jason Jones (knee), Marshawn Lynch (back) and Marcus Trufant (back) are likely to be feeling better now than at any point since the season began.
The Seahawks need a win this week on the road to keep their road into the playoffs open and unobstructed. Having a team that’s rested and healthy can only help.