J.R. Sweezy, the Seahawks’ durable right guard, will not play on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals because of concussion-like symptoms, according to ESPN.com’s Terry Blount.
Sweezy, the only Seahawks lineman to start every game this season, suffered the concussion on Sunday against the New York Giants, but didn’t suffer from the side-effects until Wednesday’s practice. On Friday, he was officially ruled out of the contest against the Cardinals.
It has not yet officially been announced who will replace Sweezy, but it will likely be James Carpenter, listed as the No. 2 guard on the depth chart.
However, the Seahawks could elect to go with the more-experienced Paul McQuistan at the left guard spot. He has started four games in that spot this year. Rookie Michael Bowie can also play guard, though he is typically a tackle. Needless to say, the Seahawks have options.
Sweezy, Percy Harvin (hip) and K.J. Wright (foot) are the only Seahawks listed as “out” against the Cardinals.
Richard Sherman (hip), Jeremy Lane (ankle), Kam Chancellor (quadriceps), Chris Clemons (non-injury related), Robert Turbin (groin), Marshawn Lynch (non-injury related) and Zach Miller (ribs) are all listed as “probable” to play on Sunday.
That’s good news for Seattle, especially because through 14 games this season, 11 starters have missed a combined 42 games, according to Seahawks.com.
The Seahawks can clinch the NFC West, a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a win on Sunday.