Seattle’s defensive coordinator seemingly hates to blitz on the road — the Hawks rarely do it. But if they are going to get some pressure on Ryan, he is going to have to pull the trigger.
The biggest injury to watch in Seattle’s game against Washington is Robert Griffin III’s sprained knee.
The Seahawks are OK at cornerback with Richard Sherman winning his suspension appeal and Trufant returning, but they might be without linebacker Leroy Hill and right tackle Breno Giacomini.
Jason Jones is on IR with torn knee cartilage, but cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond could return from hamstring injuries. Leading receiver Sidney Rice also is a game-time call with a sore knee.
Walter Thurmond joins suspended corners Brandon Browner and injured Marcus Trufant on the sideline, and WR Charly Martin was place on IR. The good news: Sidney Rice will play.
The second-year linebacker played well in a spot start for Hill last week and figures to play a lot this week — whether he starts or not.
Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner — facing league suspensions — will play in Chicago on Sunday, but Marcus Trufant, Red Bryant and Leroy Hill might not.
After missing almost two full games with a concussion, the linebacker is expected to bring back some missing leadership to Seattle’s defense. Said coach Pete Carroll: “It’s a big boost for us to get him back out there.”
The Hawks have not had any major injuries, but their offense has never been at full strength and their defense was wearing down as their bye week approached. With a week off, though, they should be ready to go with the full roster.
K.J. Wright will be the first starter to miss a game, while left guard James Carpenter also will miss the game against the Jets.