It’s 95% good news for the Seahawks’ injury woes this week, but it seems like the season wouldn’t be complete unless one name in particular showed up on the injury report at least once.
Russell Okung suffered an ankle injury in Friday’s practice, and reports are saying he’ll be a game-time decision on Sunday. Alvin Bailey would fill in at left tackle in Okung’s absence. Despite the offensive line’s improved play, I don’t want to think about what that means for Russell Wilson. Bailey has been a turnstile this season so far.
But I digress. Look at that injury report for a minute. Beyond the Okung injury, the Seahawks are 100% healthy going into this game. This defensive line is at its absolute best when they’re able to rotate personnel, and having Jordan Hill, Cliff Avril, and Demarcus Dobbs all healthy is great news for that. And even though the Cowboys have a monster offensive line, but they’re starting Matt Cassel, who’s barely had time to pick up a playbook. He’s also thrown three interceptions in the past two games.
Other surprises are Thomas Rawls, who had a “nasty calf thing” this week, according to Pete Carroll. It might not have been as nasty as they thought. He may be ready to back up Lynch for 8-10 carries on Sunday. Having Marcus Burley back is a nice boost to depth at CB. WR Paul Richardson hasn’t been activated for this game, but the Seahawks have until Saturday to do so. He’s been practicing since Week 6. They may hold him out this week and bring him back after the bye. No sense rushing him, as receiver isn’t a position of need right now.
Meanwhile, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has said “If I’m playing, I’m not thinkin’ about nothin’. I’m playing. Dez is Dez out there.” If I’m decoding that correctly, Dez is playing. He’ll see a lot of Richard Sherman if that’s the case. RB Joseph Randle went AWOL from the team facility this week after being demoted, so he’ll be held out with a back “injury.” That leaves former Raider Darren McFadden to get the start for the Cowboys.