The Seahawks are finally getting healthy and the timing couldn’t be better.
Of the 11 players listed on the Seahawks injury report for Week 17, eight of them are listed as probable and are expected to play against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Jermaine Kearse is still dealing with an ankle injury and is listed as “questionable”. Pete Carroll said earlier on Friday that Kearse will be a game-time decision to play. He hasn’t practiced all week.
If Kearse can’t play, Ricardo Lockette will get moved to the No. 3 spot in three-wide formations, according to Terry Blount at ESPN.com.
Percy Harvin and K.J. Wright are both “out” while Harvin deals with a hip injury and Wright recovers from foot injury.
Red Bryant (knee), Derrick Coleman (shoulder), Marshawn Lynch (non-injury related), Russell Okung (toe), Richard Sherman (hip), Malcolm Smith (ankle), J.R. Sweezy (concussion) and Earl Thomas (thigh) are all expected to play on Sunday and participated in a full practice on Friday.
It’s worth noting that even though corner back Walter Thurmond is back from a four-game suspension this week, he is not expected to start, according to Carroll.
Byron Maxwell will get the start, via Blount:
“Byron has played great football for us,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday. “It’s a statement [on remaining in the starting spot] about what he’s done and how well he has played.”
The Seahawks can clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a win on Sunday. If they lose, they will likely fall as far down as the No. 5 seed in the NFC bracket.
Seattle barely beat the Rams the last time the teams played on Oct. 28. The final score was 14-6 and the Seahawks defense needed a last-second goal-line stand to prevent the Rams from winning the game.
The Seahawks will clinch the NFC West title with a win, but if the San Francisco 49ers lose, the Seahawks clinch anyway.