By Matthew Asher
With each passing week, the 2013 Seattle Seahawks continue to set franchise records regarding the best win/loss record in team history. Can they make it eight wins in nine games against the Bucs this weekend?
Granted Tampa Bay has not won a game this season, but given how close Seattle was last week to getting beaten by a clearly weaker team, they can’t afford to look beyond this Sunday’s game as an automatic “W.”
Eight Seahawks are listed on this week’s injury report. However only seven of them are listed for actual injuries. Starting right defensive tackle Brandon Mebane is a listed as “not injury related.” He was not on the list Wednesday and did not participate in practice on Thursday, but was back to full participation on Friday. He is one of the five Seahawks listed as probable. Clinton McDonald is listed as his backup currently.
Four of the injured Seahawks are on the offense. The two offensive starters are running back Marshawn Lynch (knee) and right guard J.R. Sweezy (elbow). Neither man was able to participate in practice on Wednesday, but both were able to fully participate on Friday. Lynch was unable to practice on Thursday but Sweezy was already back to full participation by then. Both men are listed as probable. James Carpenter is listed as Sweezy’s replacement and Robert Turbin is listed as Beast Mode’s backup.
The two backup offensive Seahawks are right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee) and running back Derrick Coleman (hamstring). Giacomini did not participate any of the three days and his status is not listed. Coleman, like backup strong safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) did not participate any of the days this week. Both men are the only two listed as out.
The final two Seahawks are backup left defensive end Michael Bennett (illness) and starting free safety Earl Thomas (illness). Bennett didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday, but was able to fully participate both Thursday and Friday. Thomas was not listed on the injury report until Friday, when he did not participate in practice. Both Bennett and Thomas are listed as probable. Chris Maragos would likely fill in for Thomas if he is unable to play.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 pm PDT as the Seahawks prepare to go 8-1 against the 0-7 Bucs.
- Michael Bennett (illness)
- Marshawn Lynch (knee)
- Brandon Mebane (NIR)
- J.R. Sweezy (elbow)
- Earl Thomas (illness)
- Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
- Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
- 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.