Like many Seattle fans, last Sunday’s gut wrenching loss to the Chiefs left a lot of questions about the team’s ability to even make it to the NFL postseason this year. When C Max Unger went down, it felt like another blow in a season riddled with injuries to starters that have left the vaunted Seahawks defense looking average and Russell Wilson without a consistent offensive line.
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Yesterday though, came news that is sure to shore up the middle of both the defensive secondary and the offensive line. With Unger out and his back up Steve Schilling or season ending IR, the Hawks have re-signed Lemuel Jean-Pierre who was waived with injury settlement in September. Jean-Pierre who has started 8 games, subbed for Unger last year and originally joined the Hawks in 2010. He has been out of football for the last two months, so it may take a bit to shake off the rust, but he is familiar with the playbook so hopefully it won’t take long for him to get back up to speed.
Add in the possible return of James Carpenter and things seem brighter for Russell Wilson, who should have better protection.
Bobby Wagner is finally healed sufficiently from a toe injury that it seems likely that he will play on Sunday. Prior to his injury Wagner was having a Pro Bowl year. With his possible return on Sunday, the play of the entire defensive secondary rises as KJ Wright shifts back to his natural position and the same secondary that started the year joins a now fully healthy Legion of Boom. Wagner has the ability to assist in plugging up the middle and stop the run game.
Yes, things looked bad on Sunday, and that questionable pass call on 4th and one still haunts, but things seem to be moving in the right direction. Just in time to welcome a statistically weaker Arizona Cardinal team to Century Link. Bring ’em on!