January 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) reacts with middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) after he intercepts a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) during the first half in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
As the Seattle Seahawks prepare for Super Bowl XLIX, the health of key players is a major storyline that we’re watching. The Seahawks entered this week with major concerns on the injury status of several starters.
Richard Sherman, who’s been dealing with a hyperextended elbow was listed as probable on the injury report this week. Pete Carroll said in his Friday press conference that Sherman didn’t miss a single snap in practice this week. Clearly he’s healthy and will be ready to play next week.
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Earl Thomas is nursing a separated shoulder that he suffered in the NFC Championship game. He sat out on both Wednesday and Thursday this week, but returned to practice in a limited fashion on Friday. He is the only player who was listed as “questionable” on the team’s injury report.
Right guard J.R. Sweezy missed all three practices this week with an ankle sprain. He left the NFC Championship game in serious pain, but returned on the team’s next offensive possession.
Carroll said on Friday that both Thomas and Sweezy would have been available to play this week if the team had a game. That is a good sign as to their availability for the Super Bowl next week.
After missing last Sunday’s game entirely due to a knee injury, right tackle Justin Britt was a full participant in all three practices this week. He is set to return to the starting lineup for the Super Bowl next week.
The rest of Seattle’s injury report is unremarkable. Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett both received veteran rest days. Long snapper Clint Gresham too a single day off with a neck injury, but was a full participant on both Thursday and Friday.
Overall is it excellent news for the Seahawks as they head in Super Bowl XLIX. They should be both healthy and rested for the big game.