As the Seattle Seahawks prepare to open their regular season versus the Rams, they appear to be in good shape. They are favorites to beat the Rams at Lumen Field, and have an excellent Week 1 record at home during the Pete Carroll era. More specifically, they are 5-0 in Week 1 home games since Carroll became head coach for the 2010 season.
When you include away home openers, the Seahawks are 8-5 overall with Carroll in charge. This includes going 7-3 during the previous 10 years. Once last interesting statistic to note, is they are on a run of beginning the regular season 1-0 for four consecutive years.
One area of concern ahead of Sunday is the Seahawks' ever-growing injury report during the week. The list went from eight on Wednesday, to 12 on Thursday and now 13 on Friday. Here is the latest update on all 13 players following the final injury report of the week.
Seattle Seahawks injury report from Friday
Did Not Participate In Practice
Jamal Adams (knee): Adams had already been ruled out for Week 1, but it was made official on Friday's injury report, with his game status listed as 'out'. Carroll has indicated the safety is expected to start practicing next week. However, at this point we're still no clearer as to when the three-time Pro Bowler will actually return to the lineup.
Kenny McIntosh (knee/hamstring): McIntosh was always unlikely to face the Rams, but as with Adams, it was officially confirmed on Friday when his game status was also listed as 'out'. The running back first sustained his injury in early August, during a mock game. The Seahawks need the seventh rounder back as soon as possible, with concerns about the current quality depth -- or lack thereof -- with the ground game.
Limited Participation in Practice
Devon Witherspoon (hamstring): Witherspoon was limited in practice for the third consecutive day. As a result, it's no surprise to see this year's fifth overall draft pick listed as 'questionable' for game day. Carroll has said the cornerback could play on Sunday, but we'll stick with our stance that he shouldn't suit up.
Kenneth Walker III (groin): Walker didn't turn up on the injury report until Thursday, with Friday representing a second straight day of limited participation in practice. All indications are that the running back is okay, as per not being listed as 'doubtful' or 'questionable' for Sunday. Certainly the Seahawks need the 22-year-old to spearhead their ground game, but it's tough not to be concerned about a player whose being dealing with his groin issue since late July.
Full Participation in Practice
Jordyn Brooks (NIR-Resting Vet/Knee): Brooks was given a second consecutive veteran day off on Friday, which is a smart and cautionary move. The linebacker is effectively only eight months removed from ACL surgery. After leading the Seahawks in tackles last season, the 2020 first rounder will be looking for similar results this season, as he plays for a new contract.
Damien Lewis (shoulder): Lewis was a worrying addition to the injury report on Thursday, when he didn't take part in practice. The offensive line was a full participant on Friday, but his game status has been listed as 'questionable'. Carroll did say he anticipates the 26-year-old will play on Sunday, but Seahawks fans may understandably still be concerned.
Boye Mafe (illness): There wasn't too much concern when Mafe sat on Thursday's practice, due to him being listed as being ill. The expectation was it would clear up and along these lines, linebacker wa a full participant on Friday. Further, the 2022 40th overall draft pick is not listed as 'doubtful' or 'questionable' for Sunday.
Derick Hall (shoulder): Friday was a positive step for Hall, withe being a full participant in practice. Compare this to the two previous days, when the linebacker was limited with his shoulder injury. This year's 37th overall draft pick looks set to make his NFL regular season debut for the Seahawks against the Rams.
Mike Morris (shoulder): As with Hall, Morris is another player looking good to make his regular season debut this coming Sunday. After being limited in practice on Wednesday, the 2022 Big 10 Defensive Lineman of the Year was a full participant these past two days. The 22-year-old will be aiming to boost a defensive line which was terrible last season.
Darrell Taylor (shoulder): Even when Taylor was limited in practice on Wednesday, the expectation was that he would play on Sunday. Two consecutive days of being a full participant have effectively confirmed this expectation. Bigger things are anticipated from the edge rusher this season, with double-digit sacks well within range for someone with his ceiling.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba (wrist): The Seahawks are excited to have Smith-Njigba on board, to provide an excellent additional threat to their receiving corps. People are still confounded by how quickly the 21-year-old has recovered from his wrist surgery less than three weeks ago. Regardless, the 2023 20th overall draft pick has taken part in full practice all week and will play on Sunday.
Cody Thompson (shoulder): As with Smith-Njigba, Thompson suffered his injury in the preseason game versus the Cowboys. Also as his fellow wide receiver, the 27-year-old has been a full participant in practice all week. The undrafted free agent will provide depth for the passing game, but see most of his playing time on special teams.
Jarran Reed (toe): Reed was the one new addition to the injury report on Friday, which would have concerned some people. The 30-year-old has been brought back to Seattle after two seasons away, to strengthen the defensive line. In fairness the 2016 second round draft did particpate fully in practice, and he hasn't been listed as 'doubtful' or 'questionable' to face the Rams.