By Matthew Asher
Injuries are an unfortunate, yet integral part of any sporting event. The true measure of a team’s greatness is not simply how good the starters are, but the depth of the team as a whole. Fortunately for Seattle, the majority of their players listed as inured this week are backups so don’t expect the starting lineup to change much.
Running back Marshawn Lynch was listed this week, but there’s no need to panic. He didn’t practice on Wednesday, but it was not injury related. He was able to fully participate on Thursday. Although he wasn’t given an official status, expect him to go beast mode at Reliant Stadium this Sunday.
The other good news is that “only” three Seattle players are listed as out for this week’s game and all three are second- or third-string backups: defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps), strong safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) and running back Spencer Ware (ankle). Both Johnson and Ware didn’t participate in practice any day this week while Hill was limited all three days.
The two Seahawks listed as doubtful are both on the offensive line: starting right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee) and starting center Max Unger (arm). Like Johnson and Ware, Giacomini didn’t practice any of the days this week. Unger didn’t practice Wednesday and was limited both Thursday and Friday. Lemuel Jeanpierre is listed as Unger’s backup and Michael Bowie is Giacomini’s replacement.
The final five Hawks are all listed as probable. The defensive side consists of starting right cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring), starting left defensive end Red Bryant (back) and starting outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring). Browner was able to fully participate in practice every day, along with Smith. Bryant did not participate on Wednesday but was back to full practice time both Thursday and Friday.
The other two players listed as probable are backup wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (ankle) and starting right guard J.R. Sweezy (back). Kearse did not participate in practice Wednesday and Sweezy was limited. However both men were able to fully practice both Thursday and Friday. Starting left guard James Carpenter is listed as Sweezy’s backup, so it’s unclear who would fill in either for Sweezy or Carpenter should the need arise.
Kickoff is scheduled for 10 am PDT.
Jordan Hill (biceps)
Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
Spencer Ware (ankle)
Breno Giacomini (knee)
Max Unger (arm)
Brandon Browner (hamstring)
Red Bryant (back)
Malcolm Smith (hamstring)
Michael Bennett (groin)
Jermaine Kearse (ankle)
J.R. Sweezy (back)
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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.