By Matthew Asher
If Russell Wilson was serious about his Madden 25 bet with Colin Kaepernick about the loser shaving off one eyebrow, Wilson might want to get his trimmer ready. Ten Seahawks are listed on this week’s injury report with seven of them on the defensive side of the football.
The ‘Hawks may have caught a break regarding their offense. Only three players are listed and just one of them is a starter. Wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee) is the one starter. He was limited in practice Wednesday but was able to fully participate in practice both Thursday and Friday. He is listed as probable. If Rice is unable to play, expect either Doug Baldwin or Stephen Williams to fill in at wide receiver.
The offensive backups are second-string tight end Luke Wilson (oblique) and third-string right tackle Michael Bowie (shoulder) are also both listed as probable. Wilson was able to fully participate in all three practices while Bowie was limited on Wednesday but fully participated both Thursday and Friday.
Of the seven defensive Seahawks four of them are starters. As mentioned earlier, of those four starters, three of them are on the defensive line. Defensive left tackle Tony McDaniel (groin), defensive right tackle Brandon Mebane (ankle) and right defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) are joined by cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring) as the four injured starters.
McDaniel’s wasn’t listed on the injury report Wednesday, was unable to practice Thursday but did fully participate in practice on Friday. He is listed as probable. Jordan Hill is McDaniel’s backup but because of a bicep injury he is the only player listed as out for the game. He did not participate in any of the practices this week. If McDaniel’s can’t play, Brandon Mebane’s backup at right defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith is the likely candidate to replace him.
Even though Mebane is also on the injury list, there’s a good chance he’ll be able to play. He did not practice on Wednesday but was able to practice in limited amounts Thursday and fully participated on Friday. he is listed as probable.
Chris Clemons was limited in practice on Wednesday but was able to fully participate both Thursday and Friday. He is listed as questionable. If Clemons cannot play, his backup, Cliff Avril (hamstring) would be next in line. Just like Clemons, Avril was limited on Wednesday but practiced his full amount Thursday and Friday. He is listed as probable.
The final two Seahawks are both members of the secondary. Starting cornerback Brandon Browner and backup strong safety Jeron Johnson both have hamstring injuries. Neither man participated in any practices this week and both are listed as doubtful. If Browner cannot play, his backup would likely be Walter Thurmond.
- 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
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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 Examiner.com.