The Seattle Seahawks could be without two starters on the offensive line as well as tight end Luke Willson against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The Seattle Seahawks could be as injury-depleted on their offensive front for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals as they have been all season.
The team on Friday ruled out starting right guard J.R. Sweezy and tight end Luke Willson, each with concussions suffered last Sunday against the Rams. Left tackle Russell Okung, who missed the Rams game with a calf injury, is listed as doubtful. (The team earlier in the week also ruled out RB Marshawn Lynch, and he again was listed as out on Friday’s report, when the team has to make official declarations for all players).
That could mean Cooper Helfet getting the start at tight end, backed up by Chase Coffman, who has yet to play for the Seahawks are being signed last month. Helfet has officially started three games previously in his career, including a game in 2014 at St. Louis when Zach Miller and Willson were each out.
The absence of Sweezy and likely absence of Okung means the Seahawks could be without two starters on the offensive line for the first time this season.
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Alvin Bailey would likely again get the start at left tackle if Okung can’t go. Bailey started at left tackle against the Rams in place of Okung, who was hurt late in the win over the Browns on Dec.20.
That could mean going with rookie Mark Glowinski at right guard — he is listed as the next man at that spot after Bailey, who is officially the backup at all the guard and tackle spots with Lemuel Jeanpierre listed as the backup at center.
Glowinski, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, has played in eight games this season. But he has seen action at right guard only once, late in mop-up duty on Nov. 22 in a win at home against the 49ers.
Seattle had been relatively injury free on the offensive line but now has seen its two most senior members — Okung and Sweezy — injured on consecutive weeks.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll will address the media after the team’s practice Friday afternoon.
The Seahawks also listed DL Jordan Hill and SS Kam Chancellor as questionable. Hill has not played since Nov. 29 with a toe injury and Chancellor has not played since Dec. 13 with a pelvis injury. At the least, each appears to be making progress toward returning for the playoff game Jan. 9-10.
DEs Cliff Avril (back) and Michael Bennett (toe) were each listed as probable after missing some time in practice this week
Bennett had an injection in his troublesome big toe on Wednesday but returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday.