Seahawks injury report for Buccaneers game looks promising
By Lee Vowell
After having several starters miss all or some of practice on Wednesday for the Seahawks, things look much better now for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.
I hate to jinx things because just when the Seahawks look to be getting healthier, something bad could happen. Let me just say that at this time and at this moment in Seattle franchise history, only have three players listed on the injury report for week 9’s game against the Buccaneers is a very good vibe.
No player for Seattle is listed as out. And there are only three players that are listed as doubtful. Among those three are safeties Quandre Diggs (hamstring) and Lano Hill (elbow) and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson (oblique). Likely, none of these three will play against Tampa Bay.
Not listed on the report anymore are left tackle Duane Brown, safety Bradley McDougald and cornerback Tre Flowers. This means for the first time since safety Marquise Blair began starting, and playing well mind you, that he can be teamed with McDougald. Blair would play strong safety and McDougald free safety. This could potentially give Seattle its best safety tandem since Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor were playing deep.
Having Flowers back after he missed week 8 is even more positive. I don’t think I even realized just how important Flowers was to the Seahawks defense until he missed the game against the Falcons and he had to sit and watch Atlanta backup Matt Schaub throw for over 3,600 yards against Seattle. (OK, I exaggerated just a wee bit there.)
On the Tampa Bay side of the ball, they will be missing tight end O.J. Howard. One advantage the Buccaneers might have offensively over Seattle’s pass defense is when they throw the ball. Having Howard out helps the Seahawks. That said, Seattle will have McDougald, Blair, Flowers and Shaquill Griffin all together for the first time since Blair became a starter so maybe Seattle’s pass defense will be quite improved.
Every team goes through some injury attrition during a season. For the Seahawks to have just three players, and no guaranteed starters, on the injury list going into week 9 is great. Heck, even Ziggy Ansah seems like he will play. Now let’s just hope no one gets hurt during the game.