For some it feels like a lifetime ago, for others it seems like the Seattle Seahawks' 2022 season only ended a few weeks ago. Regardless, this weekend sees them return to action at Lumen Field versus the Rams. As always, injuries will play a major role in how the game plays out.
Seattle's Week 1 opponent, the Los Angeles Rams, is already dealing with major concerns. Receiver Cooper Kupp has been ruled out of the game. This should help a potentially healthier Seahawks team, but is Seattle healthier?
Along these lines, some Seahawks fans may be concerned by the fact the team's injury report increased from eight players on Wednesday, to 12 on Thursday. Overall, there is -- as you'd expect -- a mixture of positives and negatives to review. Let's break down how things look for each of the 12 players on the latest injury report.
Seattle Seahawks injury report from Thursday
Did Not Participate In Practice
Jamal Adams (knee): The situation is set with Adams, with him already being ruled out for Sunday. On the positive side, as per Mazvita Maraire of Cascadia Sports, head coach Pete Carroll expects the safety to start practicing next week. The 2017 sixth overall draft pick has not played, since suffering his season-ending injury during the opening game last year.
Kenny McIntosh (knee/hamstring): McIntosh has been sidelined since early August, after injuring himself during a mock game. At the time, it was advised the running back would be out multiple weeks. With Thursday representing the second straight day of not practicing, consider this year's seventh rounder unlikely to play versus the Rams.
Damien Lewis (shoulder): Lewis has been a regular starter for the Seahawks during his three years in Seattle. As such, it was concerning to see the offensive lineman added to Thursday's injury report as a result of not participating in practice. It's unclear at the time of writing what the 26-year-old's status will be on Sunday, but we should have a better idea after practice on Friday.
Boye Mafe (illness): Mafe provided solid depth during his rookie season, which saw him play in all 17 regular season games and included three starts. Carroll has faith that the linebacker will improve in 2023, citing his improved ability to read things on the field. He was added to the injury report on Thursday due to illness, so the hope/expectation is this will clear up in the next couple of days.
Jordyn Brooks (NIR-Resting Vet/Knee): Brooks underwent ACL surgery at the beginning of this year, and was activated from the PUP list in mid-August. Thursday was about giving him a veteran day off, after being a full participant in practice on Wednesday. This season is a big one for the linebacker, who is playing for a new deal after the Seahawks declined his fifth-year option.
Limited Participation in Practice
Derick Hall (shoulder): Hall suffered his shoulder injury during the final preseason game in Green Bay. Thursday represented the second straight day of the linebacker being a limited partiipant during practice. As such, the 37th overall selection in this year's draft remains a 50/50 proposition to play on Sunday.
Devon Witherspoon (hamstring): It sure doesn't sound good for the Seahawks' fifth-overall draft pick suiting up on Sunday. As per Gregg Bell of The News Tribune, GM John Schneider has admitted there is concern with Witherspoon, who previously sustained a similar injury prior to this year's draft. As much as the corner/nickel back wants to play on Sunday, the smart move is to keep him out.
Kenneth Walker III (groin): There was some bad news on Thursday, with Walker being added to the Seahawks' injury report due to his ongoing groin issue. The hope is that the team's main running back will still be good to go come Sunday. However, keep in mind the 22-year-old first suffered his groin injury on July 27, and then did not return to full practice for nearly a month.
Full Participation in Practice
Jaxon Smith-Njigba (wrist): There was a lot of understandable disappointment, when Smith-Njigba had to undergo surgery after injuring his wrist during preseason action. However, the wide receiver has since made a remarkable recovery, with him continuing to fully participate in practice on Thursday. As a result, he's gone from being a long-shot to suit up in Week 1, to probably now playing.
Mike Morris (shoulder): This is a positive step for Morris, who the previous day was a limited participant in practice. At the time of writing, the 2022 Big 10 Defensive Lineman of the Year is officially still 50/50 to suit up versus the Rams. Unofficially however, consider the 22-year-old as having an excellent chance of playing.
Darrell Taylor (shoulder): When Taylor suffered his shoulder injury during practice in early August, the good news was that he did not require surgery. The good news continued on Thursday, with the edge rusher fully participating in practice, after being limited a day earlier. The expectation is that the 2020 second round draft pick will be good to go on Sunday.
Cody Thompson (shoulder): Thompson suffered his shoulder injury during preseason, against the Cowboys. Following on from Wednesday, Thursday saw the 27-year-old again fully participate during practice. The wide receiver will likely play against the Rams, albeit mostly on special teams.