Following the team’s walkthrough on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks officially downgraded both running back Marshawn Lynch and nose tackle Brandon Mebane to OUT. That means that neither player will suit up for Monday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
The Seahawks had been holding out hope that both would be able to play with week, but now we know that both will not be available. This is clearly a major blow for the 1-2 Seahawks, who are hoping to claw their way back to .500.
Lynch barely played last week after calf and back issues limited him. Then he hurt his hamstring just before halftime was didn’t return.
The Seahawks will turn once again to Thomas Rawls to pick up the slack. Rawls had a great game against the lackluster Bears last week, but he lacks Lynch’s gamebreakinig talent.
The Seahawks are likely to throw more with with quarterback Wilson with Lynch on the shelf. We should also expect to see the Seahawks got with more of an up-tempo look early in the game.
Mebane is battling a groin injury that he suffered in the second quarter of last week’s game. He left the game and didn’t return
Megan’s replacement is Jordan Hill. Hill is actually a superior pass rusher to Mebane, but doesn’t hold up against the run nearly as well. That likely won’t be an issue against the pass-happy Lions who will be missing their top RBs.
Irvin was questionable last week, but played without restrictions. That is likely going to be the case again here. So expect Irvin to play.
If Irvin cannot play, KJ Wright will move across the formation to the strong side, with Kevin Pierre-Louis playing in Wright’s normal spot on the weak side.
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