The Seattle Seahawks game versus the Lions could have easily gone either way last weekend, as the two teams engaged in an enthralling, back-and-forth affair. Ultimately though, all that matters is Pete Carroll's team returned to Seattle with the win. As a result, they avoided dropping to 0-2 which -- at least historically speaking -- would have put their playoff chances in peril.
Next up for the Seahawks, is a contest with the 0-2 Panthers. The Hawks are favored to win, but it would be wise to take this with a pinch of salt, even though they are playing at home. Aside from considering how things panned out as favorites versus the Rams, they are just 8-10 in their previous 18 games at Lumen Field, including losing 30-24 to the Panthers last season.
Turning to the casualty list, rookie Mike Morris will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. Meanwhile, right tackle Abraham Lucas is making positive progress, but he must miss at least three more games due to previously being placed on Injured Reserve. Here's a look at the first injury report for Week 3.
Seattle Seahawks injury report from Wednesday
Did Not Participate In Practice
Charles Cross (toe): While the offensive line did just fine in Detroit, the Seahawks would still ideally like Charles Cross back sooner than later. Carroll advised Cross is getting better, but it's still unclear if he will be ready to go at the weekend. With the left tackle not practicing on Wednesday, consider him on the negative side of 50/50 at this stage.
Will Dissly (shoulder): Will Dissly sustained his shoulder injury against the Lions, but managed to play the full game. However, as Carroll noted on Wednesday, Dissly is banged up. The tight end's shoulder is bothering him enough, that the Seahawks have signed Brady Russell off the Eagles' practice squad.
DK Metcalf (ribs): DK Metcalf was forced to leave the Lions game after a nasty hit to his ribs, but proved his toughness by returning soon after. The indication is that Metcalf will not practice much during this week. However, Carroll says the wide receiver is expected to play on Sunday.
Cobe Bryant (toe): This is Cobe Bryant's first inclusion on the injury report this season. The second-year defensive back has started both games so far. However, the signing of Artie Burns to the active roster alludes to the Seahawks taking no chances ahead of the weekend.
Julian Love (hamstring): As with Bryant, this is Julian Love's first time on the injury report in 2023. Signed to a two-year contract back in March, Love has started the first two games of the season for the Seahawks. It's too soon to know what his status will be come Sunday, so at this stage consider him a 50/50 proposition.
Jarran Reed (groin): Jarran Reed dealt with a toe issue ahead of Week 1, whereas last week he was given a rest day prior to the game in Detroit. This time around, he missed Wednesday's practice due to a groin strain. As with Love, the best thing to do is consider him 50/50 pending how the rest of the week plays out.
Riq Woolen (chest): Riq Woolen was forced to leave early from last weekend's game, after sustaining his chest injury. Head coach Pete Carroll admitted Woolen is extremely sore, and it will take a lot for him to be ready for the Panthers game. On the positive side, a trip to Injured Reserve is extremely unlikely to happen.
Devin Bush (shoulder): Devin Bush sustained his shoulder injury during practice last week and was forced to miss the game in Detroit. Carroll said he is counting on Bush to be available for Sunday at Lumen Field. However, be wary that the Seahawks head coach added the qualifier of the linebacker making it through the week, i.e. seeing how practice goes.
Boye Mafe (knee): It's already been a challenging season for Boye Mafe, who was ill in the lead-up to the season opener and missed the Lions game with a knee injury. The same knee issue kept Mafe out of Wednesday's practice. As with Bush, Carroll is counting on the 24-year-old to play against the Panthers but considers him a concern at this stage.
Limited Participation in Practice
Evan Brown (knee): Having started the first two games of the regular season at center, Evan Brown appearing on the injury report is not good news for the Seahawks. It will be interesting to see how the rest of Brown's week plays out, after being a limited participant in practice during Wednesday. If need be, the Seahawks have confidence in Olu Oluwatimi stepping in, with him already predicted as the long-term answer at the center position.
Phil Haynes (calf): The Seahawks really are banged up along the offensive line at the moment, as evidenced by Phil Haynes also being on the injury report. After providing excellent depth during last season, Haynes has started at right guard in both games so far in 2023. For now the 27-year-old should be considered a 50/50 for Sunday, pending how his calf reacts during the remainder of this week.
Full Participation in Practice
Noah Fant (ribs): Noah Fant bounced back from not being targeted at all in Week 1, by catching all four passes aimed at him against the Lions. Fant will become even more important, if Dissly doesn't recover in time to play against the Panthers. In this respect, it is a positive for the Seahawks that the tight end took part fully in Wednesday's practice.
Jamal Adams (knee): Jamal Adams took the next step in his recovery, by fully participating in practice for the first time since sustaining his knee injury in Week 1 last year. However, this is still not a guarantee Adams will play on Sunday. Carroll and the coaching staff are -- quite rightly -- continuing to take a cautious approach with the injury-prone safety.
Derick Hall (shoulder): Derrick Hall spent all of Week 1 on the injury report with a shoulder issue. Now, Hall is back on the report with the same ailment. The linebacker appeared in the first two regular season games and you imagine he'll be good to go again on Sunday, after being a full participant in Wednesday's practice.