Seattle’s 34-22 victory at Arizona last October was a bit easier than the final score suggests. The Hawks also embarrassed the Cardinals 58-0 at CenturyLink Field last December. No one on the Seattle roster expects that sort of cake walk this Sunday against visiting Arizona.
“They (Arizona) are 9 and 5, have a good team, and they’re rolling right now,” shared Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman.
Sherman was named NFC defensive player of the week for his 2 interception effort in Seattle’s 23-0 win over the New York Giants. It was the second time this season Sherman has earned that honor.
The Cardinals have won 6 of their last 7 to give themselves a chance of gaining an NFC wild card berth. They would need losses from Carolina, New Orleans, and San Francisco to slide into the playoffs.
Arizona’s run defense is tops in the NFL right now, allowing just over 83 yards per game. Their offensive line has also kept quarterback Carson Palmer upright, giving him more time to find primary targets Larry Fitzgerald and Malcolm Floyd.
Fitzgerald must still clear NFL mandated concussion tests before he’s allowed to participate in a full practice and the game. If he does play, he is a difference maker according to Richard Sherman.
“He’s one of the best receivers to ever play in this league and I think his resume speaks for itself. You give him a tremendous amount of respect, and the guy on the other side of him a tremendous amount of respect.”
Seattle’s defensive secondary might be without another key player. Nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane did not participate in Thursday practice due to an ankle injury. The Hawks are already using back-ups because of NFL drug suspensions of Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond III.
Percy Harvin (hip) did not participate in practice. Right guard J.R. Sweezy was also held out with a concussion. If he can not clear required tests, that means James Carpenter, or Paul McQuistan would move to the right instead of sharing snaps on the left. Rookies Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie are other options.
Limited participants are tight end Zach Miller (ribs), and running back Robert Turbin (groin)
Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer was limited in the Cards Thursday practice but appears to have a strong chance to play Sunday.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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