The bad of Seahawks injuries
Devon Witherspoon, we sure do miss you! The Seahawks' first-round pick and fifth overall in the 2023 NFL draft seems to have dealt with some kind of injury since he became a Seahawk. His most concerning issue currently is that he has missed lots of weeks with a hamstring injury. Seattle had already moved him to the slot where he appeared ready to start the season. He was going to add an element of run defense and pass coverage that Seattle had not had consistently from the nickel in some time.
But there appears no way that Witherspoon, who is still not practicing even though it was expected that he would return this week, will be ready in Week 1. Plus, if he is available, does Seattle really want him to begin his career against Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1? That would be a huge disadvantage for Seattle.
Rookie edge rusher Derick Hall sprained his shoulder in preseason Week 3 and hasn't been practicing. Seattle is already really thin at edge rusher (another injured player follows on the next slide), so the team better hope that Uchenna Nwosu and Boye Mafe are really good and stay that way. Currently, Hall has no timeline for his return.
Fellow rookie Mike Morris also also missed most practices. He had minor surgery recently due to a shoulder problem he had in college. What is odd is that if Seattle knew he might need surgery for an old injury, why would they wait to have it done? Morris is out indefinitely.