The Seahawks are getting some players back in week four versus the Cardinals. But one position for Seattle is going to be thin.
The Seahawks have some good news and some bad news as far as players being in or out against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. An already thin defensive line isn’t getting any healthier. But at least a Pro Bowl receiver returns.
The good news (Who’s in)
Receiver Doug Baldwin will play this week, says coach Pete Carroll. Carroll said Baldwin had a “great week” and “looked terrific.” That Baldwin will play Sunday is great for the offense as a whole, of course. Specifically, though, Tyler Lockett is off to a very good season and with Baldwin returning, Lockett should get even more one-on-one coverage.
And Russell Wilson will get his favorite receiver back, so Wilson should be more comfortable too.
Center Justin Britt comes back after missing week three with a shoulder issue. Joey Hunt, though, played really well against the Cowboys in Britt’s stead. The center position seems to one of Seattle’s more solid spots.
According to Carroll, Chris Carson, Dion Jordan and C.J. Prosise are gametime decisions. Carson might simply being held back after getting 33 carries in week three. Carroll says that Carson “felt something” in his hip this week in practice, so Seattle is not rushing Carson back.
If Carson (hip) were to miss the game against Arizona (and please don’t let this be so!), Rashaad Penny would become the Seahawks main back.
Prosise (abdomen) probably won’t play, because…well, it’s C.J. Prosise. He misses more games than he plays and this seemingly will always be the case.
Jordan (hip) also has a history of missing games. He has played in every game in 2018, however. The problem with Jordan possibly being unable to play is that rookie defense end Rasheem Green has already been declared out with an ankle injury (more on that in just a minute).
Guard Ethan Pocic may or may not play but he definitely will not start. J.R. Sweezy did a decent job against the Cowboys when Pocic couldn’t play and Seattle is keeping Sweezy in.
Safety Delano Hill has a hamstring problem and will probably not play.
The bad news (Who’s out!)
Green is definitely out and may be for a long time. Carroll called Green’s injury “legit.” In Carroll-speak, this means Green is very hurt and probably will miss weeks. Green and Jordan being injured puts the Seahawks in a position where they will need a lot of linebacker help in getting to the quarterback.
That is, of course, unless Jarran Reed can duplicate his great game against Dallas and supply a lot of interior pass rush.
Also definitely out against Arizona is linebacker K.J. Wright. Wright is still recovering from having his knee scoped in preseason. Seattle hopes Wright can return next week against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Cardinals have a bunch of injuries themselves and are off to a poor start. Even healthy, though, Arizona’s offseason would have a difficult time. The Cardinals have scored just 20 points this season and will start rookie quarterback Josh Rosen on Sunday.