The Seahawks play the Oakland/Las Vegas football team on Sunday in London. Seattle will be missing a few players. Who you ask?
The Seahawks play an early game on Sunday for the first time in 2018. Well, somewhat early. It is 10 am PT. But it is 6 pm PT in London, I think. So maybe this is actually a late game. Who knows? What we do know is who will not play for Seattle on Sunday. Yet, also who will play.
Who is out
Linebacker K.J. Wright is once again out. I am really tired of writing about this to be honest. Seattle has been able to stay competitive on defense with Wright out while recovering from a knee injury. But 12s all know that the Seahawks need Wright back. He and fellow linebacker Bobby Wagner form the best linebacker duo in the NFL.
Seattle is hoping Wright can return in week eight after Seattle’s bye week. Of course, Seattle has also been hoping Wright would come back in week two. And week three. And so on and so forth.
Rookie defensive end Rasheem Green will be out too. Green has the potential to be a good end, but he has missed a lot of time already this year. With Green still needing to find his way in the league, most likely Green won’t have a big impact until 2019.
Tight end Nick Vannett missed a couple of days of practice this week with a back issue. But according to coach Pete Carroll, Vannett is “ready to go.” Like Green at defensive end, Vannett plays in a unit already really thin due to injury. Vannett needs to be able to play on Sunday for the Seahawks to be successful.
Dion Jordan, another defensive end, is a bit more iffy to play than Vannett. Jordan is dealing with an injured knee and Carroll said, “…we’re working our way through it and he’s been a solid performer so far.” This sounds like Carroll-speak for Jordan won’t play against the Raiders.
And just for giggles, I added Doug Baldwin as the featured photo for this article. He has missed several games this year and wasn’t great against the Rams. But he will play on Sunday.
Oakland is dealing with a bunch of injuries themselves. Doubtful for the Raiders are guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) and defensive end Frostee Rucker (neck). And questionable is safety Karl Joseph. These three are among the many banged-up Oakland players. Yet, either way, Go Hawks!