The Seattle Seahawks are understandably favorites, ahead of their Week 3 matchup with the 0-2 Panthers. By the same token though, nothing should be taken for granted following a similar sentiment heading into the season-opener versus the Rams. For what it's worth, the Carolina Panthers won last year's game 30-24 in Seattle.
The Seahawks are currently a banged-up group, particularly so for this early stage of the season. Right tackle Abraham Lucas must miss at least three more games, after being placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. Meanwhile, rookie Mike Morris will unfortunately have to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.
The injury report does not make for pretty reading for Seahawks fans, with Thursday's edition seeing an increase from a day earlier, in terms of those not taking part in practice. Of particular note, this included four of their five starters from the secondary. Here's a more in-depth review of the updated injury report for Week 3.
Seattle Seahawks injury report from Thursday
Did Not Participate in Practice
Charles Cross (toe): Head coach Pete Carroll has said Cross in making decent progress in the recovery from his toe injury. However, the left tackle has yet to take part in practice this week. Given how well the offensive line performed in Detroit combined with wanting to make sure Cross is fully recovered, consider him unlikely to face the Panthers.
Will Dissly (shoulder): This is the second consecutive day of Dissly not practicing, which puts him in doubt to play on Sunday. Carroll had admitted a day earlier the tight end's shoulder was bothering him. As previously noted, the Seahawks have signed Brady Russell off the Eagles' practice squad as cover.
DK Metcalf (ribs): Unlike with Dissly, Metcalf missing two straight days of practice is little for fans to be concerned about. Carroll has said he expects him to play on Sunday, with it always being the implication the wide receiver wouldn't practice much in the build-up to facing the Panthers. For his part, Metcalf says he feels fine.
Coby Bryant (toe): At the risk of seeming negative, Bryant sitting out practice for a second consecutive day is not a good sign. Despite starting the first two games of the season, consider the cornerback 50/50 at best to play on Sunday. Along these lines, also note the signing of Artie Burns to the active roster to add depth for the secondary.
Julian Love (hamstring): Hamstring situations can be notoriously delicate to deal with. Hence, it's no surprise Love missed practice for a second consecutive day. Love started the first two games of this season at safety, and we'll put him down as 50/50 to make it three straight, pending Friday's injury report shedding more light on his status for Sunday.
Jarran Reed (groin): There has been no official advancement in Reed's status, with him missing a second straight day of practice on Thursday. As with Love, all we can do at this stage is put him at 50/50 to play the Panthers. The nose tackle previously dealt with a toe issue in the lead-up to Week 1 versus the Rams.
Riq Woolen (chest): It's looking unlikely that Woolen will face the Panthers, after leaving last week's game with his chest injury. In this respect, Carroll had already admitted it would take a lot for the starting cornerback to go on Sunday. If nothing else, at least Woolen isn't heading to Injured Reserve.
Quandre Diggs (hamstring): Diggs has been the model of consistency during his time in Seattle, with three consecutive Pro Bowl selections and playing in every regular season game to date. As such, it's tough to gauge how seriously to take him being added to the injury report on Thursday. As per the aforementioned reference to hamstrings, it's a delicate issue and we'll have more clarity from Friday's injury report.
Damien Lewis (ankle): Lewis has been a durable and regular starter on the offensive line during his time in Seattle. As such, seeing he missed Thursday's practice would have been as surprising as it was concerning. At the same time, the 26-year-old previously missed practice time in the build-up to the Rams game with a shoulder injury, but ultimately played.
Jordyn Brooks (NIR-resting player/knee): It's a case of déjà vu when it comes to Brooks, with him once again having a rest day on a Thursday. This is likely to be ongoing for the majority -- if not all -- of this season. The linebacker had ACL surgery in January and was only activated from the PUP list in mid-August.
Phil Haynes (calf): Haynes did not practice at all on Thursday, after being limited a day earlier. This alludes to the possibility he sustained his calf injury during practice on the Wednesday. Regardless, Friday's injury report will go a long way towards determining if the offensive lineman will miss his first start of the 2023 season.
Limited Participation in Practice
Devin Bush (shoulder): Bush had to miss the Lions game due to his shoulder injury, and did not practice at all on Wednesday. However, Caroll had said he was counting on the linebacker to play against the Panthers. While taking nothing for granted, it's a good sign Bush was able to at least partially take part in Thursday's practice.
Boye Mafe (knee): As with Bush, Carroll is counting on Mafe being available this coming Sunday. As such, the 24-year-old progressing from no practice to limited participation offers hope he won't let his head coach down. Mafe previously dealt with an illness during the lead-up to the season-opener and missed the Lions game as a result of his knee injury.
Jamal Adams (knee): Adams had taken a seemingly positive step in being a full participant in training for the first time in over a year on Wednesday. As such, seeing him limited on Thursday leaves you wondering if he has suffered a setback? The Seahawks had indicated they were going to continue taking a cautious approach with the safety, but consider him as leaning towards unlikely to play on Sunday.
Full Participation in Practice
Evan Brown (knee): Brown seems to be trending in the right direction, taking full part in training a day after being limited. This has him as a good bet to start at center once more, versus the Panthers. However, if for seem reason Olu Oluwatimi does have to take over, the Seahawks have full confidence in the rookie.