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CB Jeremy Lane was re-added to the injury report Thursday with a groin issue, according to the team’s website. Pete Carroll didn’t speak to the media Thursday, so there’s no additional word on whether or not this is the same groin injury that kept him sidelined for eight games. Lane was downgraded to “DNP” (Did not practice) after getting in limited reps on Wednesday.
What’s more worrisome is CB Marcus Burley also didn’t practice for the second straight day with a hamstring injury. He’s been the Seahawks’ best alternative in nickel packages with Lane being out. If both Lane and Burley can’t go, Steven Terrell will fill in. Terrell was torched against Dallas in the same role a few weeks ago. It’s not an inspiring situation at nickel CB for the time being.
Marshawn Lynch was also listed on the injury report with calf and rib injuries. There’s nothing to get immediately worried about here, as Lynch had the calf issue last week and missed two practices before having his way with the Giants’ defense for 140 yards and four TDs. Fun fact: The Chiefs have the league’s 20th-ranked run defense. Lynch’s rib issue is just something to monitor as we get into the weekend.
In more encouraging news, Kam Chancellor, Malcolm Smith, Michael Bennett, and Cooper Helfet all got in a full day at practice and will play Sunday at Kansas City. Smith hasn’t played since Week 8 and will give the defense some needed depth at linebacker with Bobby Wagner missing another week. Carroll did mention Wagner has a chance to come back in Week 12 when the division-leading Cardinals come to town. The team will need him.
For this Sunday, though, the defense may still be without some key contributors, but the quartet of Earl Thomas, Chancellor, Byron Maxwell, and Richard Sherman will be taking field, and not a moment too soon. Arrowhead is not an easy place to play, but these guys are no strangers to crowd noise. And no matter where they play, the Seahawks will always stay competitive when the Legion of Boom is back to 100 percent.