By Matthew Asher
Remember a few weeks ago when Seattle had 12 players on the injury report? Remember a week later when they had 13? Fortunately it seems like most of those players have recovered, because without having a day off since their last game against the Titans, Seattle has just six players listed on this week’s injury report.
Exactly half of the players on this week’s injury list are definitely out for the Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (ankle) is the only starter listed as out. He did not participate in practice Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday this week. Heath Farwell is listed as Wagner’s replacement on the depth chart. The other two Hawks out for Thursday’s game are second-string right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee) and backup running back Spencer Ware (ankle). Like Wagner, Giacomini and Ware did not participate in any of the practices this week.
Of the final three Seahawks on this week’s list, all of them are starters with two on offense and just one on defense. Running back Marshawn Lynch (hip) and tight end Zach Miller (hamstring) are both listed as probable. Lynch was not on the injury report until Tuesday. He did not participate in practice on Tuesday, but was able to return on Wednesday with a limited number of reps. If he is not able to suit up, Robert Turbin is currently listed as his backup.
Miller was limited in practice on Monday, but was able to fully participate in practice both Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s a good sign, because when the Cardinals have lost this season, the opposing tight ends have had monster games. If Miller can’t play, Luke Willson is the likely replacement.
The final Seahawks on this week’s injury report is right defensive end Chris Clemons (elbow). Clemons did not participate in either Monday or Tuesday practices and was limited in his reps on Wednesday. He is the only Hawk listed as questionable. Cliff Avril will probably fill in for Clemons should the need arise.
It gets even better for the Seahawks. While Seattle only had six men on this week’s injury list, Arizona has ten players listed and six of them are starters, including All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) defensive end Calais Campbell (neck), linebackers John Abraham (shoulder) and Karlos Dansby (quadriceps) and free safety Rashad Johnson (finger).
Five of the six Arizona starters–Fitzgerald, Housler, Dansby, Abraham and Johnson–are all listed as probable. Campbell is the only starter listed as questionable. It’s worth noting that should Rashad Johnson be unable to play against Seattle, his backup is currently listed as the Tyrann Mathieu, the Honey Badger.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5:25 pm PDT on Thursday.
- 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.