Seahawks injuries against Vikings might include holding out Bobby Wagner

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 1: Chris Carson (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 1: Chris Carson (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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The Seahawks are not going to risk key players getting injured heading into 2019 preseason game 2. Against the Vikings, this is who might not play.

Those tuning in to watch the Seahawks play the Vikings on Sunday shouldn’t be ready to watch a real NFL game. This is just a glorified scrimmage between the two teams. Coaches and general managers are trying to figure out who are going to make up the back end of their rosters during preseason. And Seattle coach Pete Carroll might hold out some important players who simply don’t need further risk of being hurt.

Like Chris Carson, who is healthy and needs to stay that way.

Who are some players that might miss preseason game two for Seattle? From what coach Carroll implied in his pre-game update on injuries, these might be guys you don’t see.

Bobby Wagner

Wagner knows how to play football and does it really well. Does he need reps in the preseason? Probably not. Carroll said on Friday about Wagner playing against the Vikings, “We’ll see if we get a chance to get that done.” Wagner had some plasma therapy (no, he is not a vampire) and will probably sit out against the Vikings.

Lano Hill

The Seattle safety is battling for a roster spot with Tedric Thompson and Marquise Blair, among others. Hill is working to overcome the hip injury he suffered near the end of last year and might miss the game Sunday. For his sake, he needs to get on the field sooner rather than later to prove what he can do for the Seahawks in 2019.

L.J. Collier

Collier sustained a sprained ankle that is likely to keep him out until the regular season begins, if not into the season. A rookie needs reps to get used to the speed of the NFL so what Collier is missing now is meaningful. Even when he returns he won’t be ready to play many snaps and that is bad for Seattle.

Mike Iupati

The offseason free agent offensive guard signee has a recent history of being hurt but Seattle needs him to play a lot and well this year. So far, Iupati hasn’t been too healthy, though. First, Iupati had a foot injury and now is dealing with a calf problem. He is unlikely to play Sunday.

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George Fant

The right tackle/tight end/backup quarterback/assistant coach sprained his ankle in the first preseason game of 2019. There is no real need to rush him back and he is likely out for at least two more weeks. Hopefully he will be back by week one of the real season.