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.
The second-year receiver has had a disappointing season, but his two-touchdown game in the 42-13 blowout of the 49ers could be a harbinger of things to come in the playoffs.
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.
Dropped passes and poor rush defense were the reasons the Seahawks lost 13-6 in San Francisco in Week Seven. Seattle will have to be better in both departments if it is going to win this time.
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.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has a bruised foot, is in a walking boot and could be in question for Sunday’s game against Buffalo in Toronto.
The Buffalo Bills replaced Marshawn Lynch in 2010 with first-round pick C.J. Spiller, and since then Lynch has merely rushed for 3,043 yards and 27 touchdowns in 40 games for the Seattle Seahawks.
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.
The Seattle Seahawks are down two of their top three corners this week, and could be without all three as soon as next week, leaving Walter Thurmond and a bunch of young guys to hold up the back end.
Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Carpenter, whose knee is bothering him, was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list, and little-used wide receiver Braylon Edwards was waived/injured.