Seahawks’ 3rd String May Have To Step Up Sunday Against Panthers

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By Matthew Asher

Head coach Pete Carroll and his staff may be working more overtime than originally planned to get the Seahawks ready for their Week 1 game against the Panthers. While starters getting injured is nothing new, it’s a little different when both the starter and 2nd string player for the same position may be unable to play in the same game.

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 23:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks walks the sideline during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 23, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Out of the 9 players currently listed on the injury report, eight of them are either starters or backups with four of those players as a starter and backup in the same position. The only third string player listed is offensive tackle Michael Bowie (shoulder), who did not participate in practice both Wednesday and Thursday.

There were only two other offensive players listed in the injury report. Starting wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee) and backup Stephen Williams (head) were both able to fully participate in practice both Wednesday and Thursday. If both men are unable to suit up, it would be up to the other starting wide receiver Golden Tate and Rice’s backup Doug Baldwin to step up.

On the defensive side of the ball it’s the tackles and ends that are the most banged up. Starting defensive tackles Tony McDaniel (groin) and Brandon Mebane (groin) were able to full participate on Thursday but were limited in practice on Wednesday. McDaniel’s backup, Jordan Hill (bicep), was unable to practice either Wednesday or Thursday.

Not only was starting defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) unable to practice either day, but his backup, Cliff Avril (hamstring), was limited in practice on Wednesday. The good news for Avril was that on Thursday he was able to fully participate. The final defensive ‘Hawk injured is starting defensive back Brandon Browner (hamstring). He was limited in practice on Wednesday but was did not participate in practice on Thursday.

With all the not-so-good news, the 12th MAN should be pleased to hear that Percy Harvin is currently eyeing a Week 7 return following a tweet he sent out on Wednesday. Harvin, who had hip surgery last month is currently on Seattle’s physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Starting out the season on the PUP list means that Week 7 is the first time he is eligible to return.

For reference:

  • Probable: a 75% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
  • Questionable: a 50% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
  • Doubtful: a 25% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
  • Out: there is no chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game

For more news and updates, visit Seahawks Central.

Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on

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