Thursday night football games have benefits and drawbacks. The reward for the Seattle Seahawks is having the rest of the country watching them play the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The downside is cramming the game plan into a three day span and hoping the players bodies have recovered in time to put on a good performance.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after Wednesday’s practice ” I’m not so worried about us being fresh enough, because we took care of them, but more can we execute really well. They are a difficult team that can cause us some problems, and we need some days to get this ironed out”.
The Seahawks deep defense will once again rely on K.J. Wright at middle linebacker in place of an injured Bobby Wagner,(ankle sprain), with Malcolm Smith again starting at weakside linebacker. Right tackle Breno Giacomini and fullback Spencer Ware are ruled out due to injuries. Giacomini had fluid removed from his knee last weekend and is making progress towards full health.
Carroll said defensive end Chris Clemons elbow injury progressed fairly well during the week and there is a chance he could play against the Cardinals. Tight end Zach Miller returns from a hamstring injury and is an game captain in his home state Arizona. Marshawn Lynch was held out of Tuesday practice to rest a mild hip injury, but Carroll expects his bruising running back to be full go Thursday night.
Seattle’s coach will face his former USC star quarterback Carson Palmer in this contest. Carroll said Palmer has had some tough injury luck and poor teams during his NFL career, but can still make all the throws required of an elite quarterback. Palmer could be especially dangerous as he develops a chemistry with receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Arizona’s injury list has defensive end Calais Campbell (questionable). That’s a remarkable recovery from a scary collision last Sunday in the Cardinals- 49ers game in San Francisco.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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