RENTON — Make it at least four home games without fans this season as the Seahawks announced Thursday there will be no crowd allowed for their Nov. 1 game at CenturyLink Field against the 49ers.
The Seahawks have played their first three home games without fans due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a statement, Seattle said it is hopeful that fans will be allowed at future home games. The Seahawks visit the Cardinals in Arizona this Sunday.
In the statement, the team wrote: “As we continue our conversations with local public health and government officials regarding the ability to host fans, we have made the decision that our November 1 home game vs. San Francisco will move forward without fans in attendance. We remain hopeful that conditions will improve as the season goes on and will continue to keep fans updated on future decisions.”
The Seahawks are one of 13 teams yet to approve playing in front of their home fans, according to various reports. The others include: Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Las Vegas, both Los Angeles teams, Minnesota, New England, both New York teams and San Francisco.
The Seahawks will play in front of some fans this weekend as the Cardinals announced last week they will allow 1,200 fans for Sunday’s game. The Seahawks also played in front of 13,000 fans at Miami on Oct. 4.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday he was on board with whatever was decided.
“We’re just going along with whatever guidance tells us,” he said via Zoom. “We want to do the right thing. This is a very difficult time right now. It’s not like everything is getting great. It’s a very difficult time, and I can see, if we don’t make any move in that direction to change from where we are, I can totally see that and support that. They’re not asking me. I’m in the ball, so I’m not really included. But I do know that our guys are listening in part of the conversation they can be part of.”
Adams says he’s not setting a timetable on his return
Safety Jamal Adams didn’t practice again on Thursday as he continues to deal with a groin injury that has held him out of the last two games, missing both days of practice this week so far, which would seem to make him a longshot at best to play Sunday against Arizona.
And during his weekly appearance on Uninterrupted’s “17 Weeks” podcast on SiriusXM/Pandora, Adams said he is not setting a timetable for his return.
“Body’s feeling good, man,” Adams said. “I’m starting to get my step. I’m starting to get back to me. I know my body. God’s timing is the best timing so I’m not even going to put a ‘when I will return’ or whatever it is. For me it’s like, I’ll let coach address the injury and stuff like that. I don’t get into that because I’m focused on something else. I’ll let him make the shots. We’re on the same team, we have our opinions, and we come up with the conclusion together.”
Carroll said on Wednesday that the team needed to get more information on Adams’ situation before knowing if he will be able to play this week. Asked what more information the team needed, Carroll said simply finding out whether Adams would be full go.
Ryan Neal has filled in at safety for Adams since he was injured early in the fourth quarter against Dallas and will continue to fill that role, though the Seahawks have also added some veteran depth there, signing free agent Damarious Randall — a 2015 first-round pick who has 56 career starts with the Packers and Browns and who was promoted to the 53-player roster this week — and also having declared former 49er fifth-round pick D.J. Reed as returning to practice.
It’s unclear exactly when Reed will be able to play, and Carroll was vague about what specific role he will play in the secondary but noted Reed has played safety.
Quinton Dunbar back to practice
Cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who sat out practice Wednesday to manage a sore knee, was back in pads and listed as taking part on a limited basis.
Also back to practice Thursday were guard Damien Lewis (ankle) and right tackle Brandon Shell (illness), who each sat out Wednesday.
Besides Adams, three other players sat out Thursday — left tackle Duane Brown (knee/resting vet), guard Mike Iupati (back) and fullback Nick Bellore (noninjury related).
Iupati was listed as limited on Wednesday, and it’s unclear if the team was just giving him a day off to get him through to the game Sunday or if there’s a legitimate chance he could miss his second straight game with the back issue.
Iupati was inactive for Seattle’s win over the Vikings, listed at the time as having both knee and back issues, though Carroll said it was the back that was the more significant of the two at that time. Jordan Simmons filled in for Iupati and would likely get the call again if Iupati is out.
Besides Dunbar, others listed as limited Thursday were linebacker Jordyn Brooks (knee), running back Carlos Hyde (shoulder), defensive end Benson Mayowa (knee), defensive tackle Anthony Rush (knee) and offensive lineman Jamarco Jones (cramps).
The rest of the team practiced fully.
Carroll has arthroscopic knee surgery
The Seahawks announced Thursday that Carroll had arthroscopic surgery on his knee a week ago Tuesday, during the bye week.
Carroll used a golf cart to help get around during the early part of practice open to the media Thursday, at one point giving a ride to Chris Carson to a drill on the other side of the field.
Carroll, 69, does not talk to the media on Thursdays, so there was no additional information immediately available and it’s unclear if it will alter how he coaches during Sunday’s game and if he can be on the sidelines.