The Seahawks’ list of inactive players for Sunday’s game against Minnesota included one mild surprise — left guard Mike Iupati.
Iupati was listed as questionable on Friday with knee and back issues. But coach Pete Carroll said Iupati had back spasms that had cleared up and indicated he would play.
Instead, Iupati was listed as one of Seattle’s six inactives for the game and sat out, replaced in the first half by Jordan Simmons.
The other inactives were safety Jamal Adams, safety Lano Hill, running back Carlos Hyde, linebacker Jordyn Brooks and offensive lineman Kyle Fuller.
Adams (groin), Hill (back), Hyde (shoulder) and Brooks (knee) were all injury inactives leaving Fuller as the only healthy scratch.
Adams was declared out Friday, and Sunday the team officially declared Hill out a few hours before the game.
Carroll on Friday indicated Hill may have a long-term issue with his back, seeming to hint at a possible injured reserve stint.
The Seahawks on Saturday elevated Damarious Randall from the practice squad to add depth at safety with Adams and Hill out.
Ryan Neal again started at strong safety and played the entire first half.
Hyde has been dealing with a sore shoulder for two weeks and has worn a red non-contact jersey in practice. Carroll indicated Hyde would not play with the bye week coming up next week allowing for more time for injured players to get healthy.
The Seahawks had Travis Homer and rookie DeeJay Dallas active as running backs to work behind starter Chris Carson with Hyde out.
Carson got most of the work in the first half but Homer saw some time in the third-down offense, including a 5-yard carry to end the first series.
And with Brooks out, Cody Barton again got the start at weakside linebacker in the base defense with K.J. Wright moving to strongside linebacker. However, in the nickel Wright typically moved to weakside with Barton coming off the field.
Jen Mueller fills in for Monson
On Friday, news broke that Dori Monson was indefinitely suspended by the Seahawks from their pregame, postgame and halftime shows for a tweet during Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate that some viewed as transphobic.
On Sunday, Jen Mueller filled in for Monson on the shows, and it is expected she will continue to fill in as long as Monson is suspended.
Mueller previously had a regular role in the broadcasts as the home sideline reporter. That role will now go to Jessamyn McIntyre, who has had a regular role in the broadcasts doing scoreboard updates.
McIntyre has also been the sideline reporter for Washington State University football broadcasts since 2012.
Dunbar returns at right cornerback
Quinton Dunbar returned to the starting lineup at right cornerback after missing the past two games with a sore knee.
Dunbar had been listed as questionable but had also been able to practice late in the week raising optimism he would play.
In fact, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said on the team’s pregame radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle that Dunbar might have been able to play last week while dealing with a sore knee but that one consideration was the long flights to and from Miami and how that might impact his knee. So Dunbar stayed home last week.
Dunbar not only started at right cornerback but played the entire first half. Tre Flowers, who started the past two games, had played a few series in each of the first two games as the Seahawks sought to take some of the workload off Dunbar.
But early on, Seattle let Dunbar go the whole way.
- Seattle had one injury in the first half as defensive tackle Anthony Rush left in the second quarter with a knee injury and was listed as questionable to return.
- Schneider also said the Seahawks felt defensive lineman Damon “Snacks’’ Harrison needed more time to get his body in football shape and that was why he was inactive for Sunday’s game. Harrison had not done any football-related activity since the end of the 2019 season. He was released by Detroit in February and had not been on a roster until signing last week with Seattle’s practice squad. If Rush is out for long, that would make the need for Harrison to be active even greater.
- David Moore again handled punt returns and Homer kickoff returns as the Seahawks have yet to use Tyler Lockett in either of those roles this season. Carroll has said Lockett remains available for returns but the Seahawks are obviously trying to take some of that off his plate, especially after the injury late last season.
- The Seahawks’ mascot, Blitz, raised the 12th man flag. While there have been no fans for the first three games, the Seahawks have continued with many of the usual pregame traditions, including the raising of the 12 flag and playing of the national anthem. About seven Seahawks sat for the anthem (some wore coats covering their jerseys) while at least 13 others stayed in the locker room.