Seattle Seahawks Week 1 Wednesday injury report

As we edge ever closer to the first game of the regular season, here is all the latest injury news regarding the Seahawks, with updates on who is and isn't likely to be available to play the Rams.
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The Seattle Seahawks are listed as favorites for Sunday's Week 1 matchup with the Rams. However, one factor which will always play a role in the outcome, is injuries. Seattle is already dealing with their share.

Most of the Seahawks rookies appear to have been hurt at one point or another during training camp or the preseason. Many are beginning to return. Still to be seen, however, is how many of them play in Week 1.

In this respect, Wednesday saw the first official 2023 regular season injury reports for teams around the NFL. Here's a look at how things stand for the Seahawks specifically.

Seattle Seahawks injury report from Wednesday

Did Not Participate In Practice

Jamal Adams (knee): No surprise here, with Adams already ruled out for the Week 1 game versus the Rams. The three-time Pro Bowler has yet to practice since being activated from the PUP list. As per Mazvita Maraire of Cascadia Sports, head Coach Pete Carroll did say they expect Adams to begin practicing next week. However, as always when it comes to the safety, it's best to take injury news like this with due caution.

Kenny McIntosh (knee/hamstring): There is a lot of hope surrounding McIntosh, with Carroll saying the seventh rounder could easily have been picked in the third rounder. Regardless, the running back's status for Week 1 is undetermined at the time of writing. McIntosh has been out of action since sustaining his injury in early August. The likelihood is he will not play on Sunday.

Limited Participation in Practice

Derick Hall (shoulder): There is plenty of expectation surrounding Hall, who the Seahawks selected 37th overall in the 2023 draft. He proved his worth at Auburn as a team captain and being named First-team All-SEC last year. Hall unfortunately suffered his shoulder injury during the final preseason game. Mark the defensive lineman down as a 50/50 proposition to face the Rams on Sunday.

Mike Morris (shoulder): Morris turned a lot of heads during his final season in college, as he was named the Big 10 Defensive Lineman of the Year. He hopes to continue to impress (and surprise) with the Seahawks. Like Hall, the defensive end is a 50/50 to play this weekend, as the Seahawks take a cautionary approach with him. At least he's headed in the right direction and we'll know more over these next couple of days.

Darrell Taylor (shoulder): Taylor is viewed by K.J. Wright as being capable of a 15-sack season, which speaks to his talent. Whether he can reach this potential though, remains to be seen. The edge rusher suffered his shoulder sprain a month ago. And while he was only limited in practice on Wednesday, the expectation is that he will be good to go on Sunday.

Devon Witherspoon (hamstring): It's not been the best of starts to Witherspoon's Seahawks career, with his early holdout after being selected fifth overall in the draft. Then, shortly after agreeing a four-year, $31.86 million deal, he suffered his hamstring injury. As per Gregg Bell of The News Tribune, GM John Schneider admitted on Monday there is concern, with Witherspoon having previously suffered a similar kind of injury. As much as the Seahawks are doing everything possible to have the corner/nickel back available versus the Rams, it probably makes more sense to hold him out.

Full Participation in Practice

Jaxon Smith-Njigba (wrist): The Seahawks were excited to select Smith-Njigba 20th overall, as a compliment to fellow wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. However, this enthusiasm was dampened when he suffered a wrist injury during the second preseason against the Cowboys and had to undergo surgery. Fortunately for everyone concerned, Smith-Njigba has since made tremendous progress. As a result, he's gone from being a long shot to play in Week 1, to now being likely to suit up.

Cody Thompson (shoulder): Thompson is one of those players you root for, who has overcome several setbacks to earn his place in the NFL. As such, it was tough not to feel bad for the guy, when he injured his shoulder versus the Cowboys during the preseason. Fortunately for the 27-year-old, he has recovered well enough to be a full participant in practice on Wednesday. Most of his playing time will come on special teams, but he'll also provide some depth as and when required.

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