By Matthew Asher
It’s become a bad running joke for the 2013 Seattle Seahawks. Multiple times this season Seattle has had double digits listed on their weekly injury reports, with the number of players typically in the low teens. But this week, 16 Seahawks (out of a possible 53 players, 30 percent of the roster) are listed with various injuries.
Only five of the players listed this week are offensive players. A total of 10 of the 16 players are starters with just two players as third-string or lower.
The starting defensive ends, Red Bryant (concussion) and Chris Clemons (non-injury related) are listed along with starting defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (hamstring) and his backup Jordan Hill (biceps).
Bryant was limited in practice Wednesday and Clemons didn’t participate, but both men were back to full participation on Thursday. McDaniel didn’t participate either Wednesday or Thursday. Hill was limited Wednesday, but back to full practice on Thursday.
Starting outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (shoulder) and third-string Heath Farwell (knee) are the two linebackers listed for the Seahawks. Irvin has been able to fully practice both Wednesday and Thursday while Farwell was limited on Wednesday, but fully participated on Thursday.
The secondary position is going to be in for quite a challenge this weekend with five ‘Hawks currently on the injury report. Strong safety Kam Chancellor (hip) and cornerbacks Brandon Browner (groin) and Richard Sherman (hip) are the three starters listed with Chancellor’s backup Jeron Johnson (hamstring) and third-string defensive back Jeremy Lane (thigh) complete the list for the defense.
Chancellor was limited on Wednesday and fully participated on Thursday. Johnson has fully participated both days. Browner has not participated at all either Wednesday or Thursday. Lane was not on the injury report until Thursday, but he was unable to practice at all. Sherman did not practice on Wednesday but was back to full participation on Thursday.
There are “only” five offensive Seattle players listed and except for starting tackle Breno Giacomini (knee), all the players had the same weekend. He was able to fully participate both Wednesday and Thursday. The remaining players were all limited on Wednesday but fully participated on Thursday. The two starters are running back Marshawn Lynch (knee) and center Max Unger (concussion). The two offensive backups are fullback Derrick Coleman (hamstring) and former Minnesota Viking wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip).
Even with all the players listed on this week’s injury report, Seattle still has a good chance to go into their Bye Week with double digit wins. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:25 pm PDT.
- 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.