The Seahawks knew that likely they would be without Russell Wilson week 6 but they will be without running back Chris Carson as well. Wilson, of course, hurt his finger in week 5 and could miss at least three games (four weeks total). Carson’s injury might actually be worse.
According to coach Pete Carroll, both Carson and Wilson could end up on injured reserve soon. This means both players will miss multiple weeks. Wilson was already expected to do that but there was a hint Carson could practice this week. The problem is that Carson’s issue is a neck injury that could be life-altering. There is a very real chance that Carson doesn’t play the rest of the season.
This means two of the most important players on the Seahawks offense won’t be available for some time and makes Geno Smith and Alex Collins the new Wilson-Carson duo. Smith looked very good in one quarter of football last Thursday versus the Rams but whether he can replicate that long-term is another question altogether.
Seahawks offensive injuries will affect week 6’s outcome
Collins at least has starting experience in the NFL and ran for 973 yards in 2017 with the Ravens. On 28 carries for the Seahawks in 2021, Collins has averaged 4.4 yards per rush and also caught 4 passes. He likely will catch quite a few more passes from Smith than Wilson if what we saw in the Rams game continues. Smith checked down a lot more than Wilson normally does.
Seattle will also be without tackle Cedric Ogbuehi but this means starting right tackle Brandon Shell should be good to play.
Also good to play will be receiver D.K. Metcalf who sat out some of practice this week with a lower leg injury. The Seahawks cannot afford to lose any more offensive talent. The defense is terrible and cannot be relied upon to win games so the offense will have to score points.