We already knew that Bobby Wagner wasn’t going to play. There is a very real possibility that Wagner has played his last game in a Seattle uniform. This doesn’t mean that Seattle will be better in 2022; It just means the team will have even more cap space. If the money is spent wisely, then releasing Wagner might be the best thing for the future of the franchise. But that’s a huge chance to take as Wagner is a future Hall of Famer.
Seattle will also be without Brandon Shell who was placed on injured reserve on Saturday. His spot at right tackle will be taken by Jake Curhan. Curhan has played the spot for the last four weeks and hasn’t been much worse than Shell.
Curhan is an excellent run blocker and Arizona plays the run worse than the pass so Curhan could open holes for Rashaad Penny that leads to a Seahawks victory.
Seattle Seahawks inactives in Week 18 versus the Cardinals
One huge issue for Seattle on Sunday, though, is that right guard Gabe Jackson is out as well. This means the Seahawks entire right side will be backups. Likely, Phil Haynes will replace Jackson. At least left guard Damien Lewis appears set to play.
So if Seattle is relying on Rashaad Penny to be a big part of any Seattle victory against the Cardinals, Penny will probably do a lot of running behind the left side.
Seattle is also sitting tight end Will Dissly, cornerback John Reid and quarterback Jacob Eason in Week 18 as well. Clearly, Seattle’s biggest weaknesses this week will be among the offensive line and at safety.
Seattle will be without safety Ryan Neal as well due to Neal being on the reserve/COVID-19 list so it’s anyone’s guess who will be working the backend of the defense along with Quandre Diggs.