A few injuries give some cause for concern this week, given that this is a divisional game against an opponent that’s been playing like the best team in football over the past few weeks.
Pete Carroll said they’ll “wait and see” if Russell Okung’s calf keeps him out of action for a second straight game, but the doubtful tag isn’t inspiring. Even if Okung does play, he won’t be at 100 percent. The good news is Alvin Bailey has had a week to prepare like he’s the starter, so hopefully we’ll see some improvement over last week.
For the moment, I’m more concerned about the Sweezy injury. Sweezy has been this team’s best guard this season, and he’s been consistently healthy for every game. Having him out of the lineup isn’t something the line will be used to. Lem Jeanpierre can fill in at guard, but Sweezy’s backup on the official depth chart is rookie Mark Glowinski, who’s played a total of one snap this season.
Luke Willson’s concussion will keep him out of this game, leaving the Seahawks to a tight end rotation of Cooper Helfet and Chase Coffman.
On a lighter note, the chances of Kam Chancellor returning are looking better. He got in a full day of practice on Friday, which is a marked improvement for him since bruising his tailbone in Week 14. His presence will increase the confidence of the defense. Kelcie McCray hasn’t embarrassed himself while filling in, but then again, few safeties in the league play with the ferocity of Kam Chancellor. If Seattle is going to stop Arizona’s offense, he’ll need to be on the field.