Seahawks versus 49ers week 8 could be a battle of attrition.
Don’t feel too sorry for the 49ers, Seahawks fans. (I joke because why would 12s feel empathy towards the northern California team? You wouldn’t and shouldn’t.) But San Francisco has lost lots of good players to injuries this year. In fact, the potential of what the 49ers could have been in 2020 has been thwarted by players being hurt. But hey, so has the Seattle team.
Yes, Seattle has made it to 5-1 this season but they could have been playing at a higher level and made it to 6-0 if it hadn’t been for injuries. Anyone remember Jamal Adams playing for Seattle, for instance? No, I promise. It really happened this year.
Seattle has a lot of players who didn’t practice this week who will probably play but at what level? So who might be playing this week for the Seahawks and who might not? Well…
Griffin has been ruled out due to a concussion he suffered in week 7 and is also dealing with a hamstring. This means the starting corners will be Quinton Dunbar (fine and he probably flips to Griffin’s side of the field) and Tre Flowers (ouch!).
The 49ers might have a lot of injured receivers right now but based on how bad the Seattle secondary has been this year and the fact they have so many injuries, San Francisco might be just fine throwing the ball on Sunday.
To quote Dumb and Dumber, “So you’re saying there’s chance?” Well, yes? Adams is listed as questionable heading into week 8. I somehow have the feeling he won’t play, though. Seattle is loading up for week 9 when Carlos Dunlap is available and Shaquill Griffin comes back. Adams playing just seems like he is the last member of the 300. Playing him in week 8 might be a lost cause.
The big problem is that Adams’ backup, Ryan Neal, is also listed as questionable. Seattle is banged-up at running back but safety might be even worse.
Speaking of the running backs, every running back who ever played for the Seahawks seems to be listed on the injured list for Seattle currently. Except for DeeJay Dallas who has two career carries.
Chris Carson has made it a mission to play as much as humanly possible this year even while having a history of missing lots of games at the end of seasons in year’s past. But he’s in a contract year and wants to prove his worth and ability to stay healthy for 2021. Carson hurt his foot in week 7 and is listed as questionable against the 49ers. He will be a game-time decision and appears to have a literal 50-50 chance of playing.
I doubt he plays but am hoping I am wrong.
Carlos Hyde (hamstring), Mike Iupati (back) and Ugo Amadi (hamstring) are all listed as doubtful for the 49ers for week eight. If Hyde can’t play and Carson can’t play and Travis Homer (who is listed as questionable) can’t play, then DeeJay Dallas might get 30 carries. (Not really but who else is there?)
Iupati’s absence won’t change much as his backup, Jordan Simmons, has played pretty well when needed this season. If Amadi misses then nickelback is open for Seattle and that means the middle of the field is open for the 49ers.
San Francisco has a ton of injuries like the Seahawks, Richard Sherman is on IR and obviously out. In fact, the 49ers have so many players out for the season that they aren’t the team that 49ers fans expected to see, but they are still good. This week receiver Deebo Samuel is out with a hamstring injury. So this game will be one of attrition and let’s just hope Seattle doesn’t lose anyone else important during the game.