Seattle Seahawks Need Jason Jones And John Moffitt On The Field, But May Not Have Them
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By Chris Cluff
Jason Jones has about a 25 percent chance of playing in his return to Michigan on Sunday, while the statuses of John Moffitt and Walter Thurmond are in doubt.
Jones, a key member of the Hawks’ defensive line rotation, will travel to Detroit, coach Pete Carroll told reporters, but an ankle injury might keep him from playing against his hometown Lions.
“It’s a really big deal if we can get him out there,” Carroll said, per Seahawks.com. “We’re starting to learn how to rush together and we have a chance to get pretty good here if we grow together. Unfortunately, Jason’s a big deal (if he cannot play). He’s been involved in a lot of stuff and been a factor.”
Jones has 2.5 sacks this season, which ranks third on the team behind Chris Clemons (7) and Bruce Irvin (4.5).
If Jones cannot play, rookie Greg Scruggs probably would get time on third downs.
“They’re a different style,” Carroll said, via The News Tribune. “J.J. (Jones) just has a whole way about him. He’s so long, and he’s got that kind of slither about him. Scruggs is a little more classic, but Scruggs is a better pass rusher than we thought. We didn’t know that he would have the creativity that he has. So he has a chance to be a real good player for us.”
Moffitt, who has missed four games while resting his surgically repaired knee, practiced this week and could play. But Carroll told reporters he would not start even if available. Paul McQuistan has been starting at right guard in Moffitt’s place.
Carroll said the coaches have decided on whether they will activate Thurmond, a talented but injury-prone corernback, from the PUP list, but the coach did not reveal the decision.
“He did a nice job,” Carroll said, via Seahawks.com. “It’s really cool to see him out here. He’s practicing like crazy and he’s showing the speed and the quickness that he’s noted for. … When he’s back out there, he’s going to give us a boost that will be great to have out there. And we’re getting close.”
Thurmond has been out since suffering a broken right fibula in Cleveland last October.
“Getting Walter back, this is a big boost to us,” Carroll told reporters earlier in the week, per the TNT. “He’s a fantastic athlete. He’s a nickel guy, but he can play outside as well. Out of nowhere you get a guy back on your roster that’s a real big opportunity for us. How far we can bring him, I don’t know that.”
**Receiver Doug Baldwin (high ankle) will be replaced in the slot by Charly Martin, whose only action this season has come when others have been injured. He was active for the opener in Arizona when Golden Tate was out with a sore knee, and Martin also played in Week 3 against Green Bay when Baldwin was out with a shoulder injury. Otherwise, Martin has been inactive for the five other games. He has two catches for 25 yards.
**Offensive lineman James Carpenter received the Ed Block courage award, as voted on by teammates. The honor goes to the player who exemplifies commitment to sportsmanship and courage. Carpenter was recognized for his diligent work in rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered last season.
**Linebacker Malcolm Smith (concussion) has been cleared to play.
**Safety Kam Chancellor, who was questionable last week with an ankle injury, is not on the report this week.
**Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald is full go after missing Week 6 with a groin injury. He returned last week.
OUT: WR Doug Baldwin (ankle), CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring).
DOUBTFUL: DT Jason Jones (ankle).
QUESTIONABLE: OG John Moffitt (knee).
PROBABLE: RB Marshawn Lynch (back).
PUP: CB Walter Thurmond (leg).
IR: DE Dexter Davis (hip), TE Cameron Morrah (toe), RB Vai Tuau (knee).
OUT: DE Jacob Lacey (concussion), S Amari Spievey (concussion).
DOUBTFUL: LB DeAndre Levy (hamstring).
QUESTIONABLE: DE Cliff Avril (back), CB Dwight Bentley (shoulder), S Louis Delmas (knee), WR Titus Young (knee)
PROBABLE: TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee), LB Stephen Tulloch (knee), DT Corey Williams (knee), WR Calvin Johnson (knee).
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Chris Cluff worked as a sports editor and writer for The Seattle Times for 11 years and has written two books on the Seattle Seahawks. Since leaving the Times, he has written about the Seahawks and Seattle sports for Bleacher Report and the blog he shares with a fellow sportswriter, outsidethepressbox.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.