The Seahawks overcame a key injury to defeat the Eagles in week 12. But things might be a bit more dismal heading into the Vikings game.
Seattle and Minnesota play a Monday Night Football game in week 13. The Seahawks are 9-2 while the Vikings are 8-3. Both teams are good and both teams are firmly entrenched in the playoff race. And if the season were to end Thursday, both teams would make the playoffs.
But the season doesn’t end yet and having healthy players will be important for the rest of the season. Seattle has its share of concerns going into week 13.
Clowney missed the Eagles game with something related to a sports hernia. Pete Carroll seems optimistic that Clowney will not miss much time, however, and should even be back versus the Vikings. Carroll said Clowney felt good after missing the Eagles game so hopefully he will be good to play against Minnesota.
Reed might be a bigger concern. After a slow start after coming back from a six-game suspension to start the year, Reed has been very good the last two weeks. But he left the Eagles game a bit early with an ankle injury. Reed might be worth keeping an eye on later in the week if he is able to practice or not.
Willson missed the Eagles game with a hamstring injury. My assumption is that he will be out for a couple of weeks. Hamstrings are tough to overcome, especially for a tight end who needs to block and catch passes. Carroll said, “Luke’s not counting himself out of this one.” That means in Pete=speak that Willson probably won’t play against the Vikings.
So maybe overall, the Seahawks are OK with injuries. But missing Reed or Clowney would be massive against the Vikings. Hopefully Seattle will have all their key players available week 13.