Jamal Adams and Carlos Dunlap should be on the field for the Seahawks in week 9.
The last time 12s saw Jamal Adams play for the Seahawks was about halfway through Seattle’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys in week 3. That seems like three years ago. Seattle has managed to lose just one game without Adams, a lot of credit should go to Adams’ stand-in Ryan Neal. But make no mistake, Jamal Adams will make the Seahawks defense better.
According to head coach Pete Carroll, Adams will be “full-go” this week in practice (though he was listed as limited on Wednesday). Carroll sounded as if there is no chance that Adams won’t play on Sunday and this is important for several reasons.
One is that Jamal Adams is an excellent football player who would make any defense better, of course. But the second reason is that Adams played against the Buffalo Bills for the three years prior to 2020 when he was with the New York Jets. In the last two, Adams has gone against Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
Allen is an athletic quarterback with the ability to win games with his arm and his feet. Limiting his running will be key to Seattle winning in week 9 and Adams will help do that.
Recently acquired defensive end Carlos Dunlap will also play on Sunday. Dunlap isn’t the player he was in 2015 when he had 13.5 sacks and 34 quarterback hits for the Cincinnati Bengals but he did have 9 sacks just last season. Dunlap is also good against the run so he will definitely be a boon to the Seattle defense.
Chris Carson is still dealing with a foot injury and Carroll said a decision on Carson may not be made until Friday. It should be noted that Carson almost played in week 8, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Carson play against the Bills.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin missed the game against the 49ers due to a concussion and a hamstring issue. In his place, Quinton Dunbar and Tre Flowers may have had their best games of the year. But Griffin is the best of the three and his absence would be felt, especially against excellent Bills receiver, Stefon Diggs.
Running backs Carlos Hyde (hamstring) and Travis Homer (bruised knee) missed practice on Wednesday. Homer played but was limited in week 8. Hyde didn’t play and doesn’t seem like he will be able to play this week either.
Defensive end Benson Mayowa missed week 8 as well and missed practice on Wednesday. He is dealing with an ankle injury.