Moffitt out again
The Seattle Seahawks managed to escape their game against the Patriots relatively unscathed, suffering only two injuries. Starting strong safety Kam Chancellor tweaked his ankle, but was able to finish the game.
On Tuesday he was limited in practice, but on Wednesday he was a full go and is expected to play Thursday.
The other injury was suffered by cornerback/gunner Byron Maxwell. Maxwell injured his hamstring and has been unable to practice this week. He is officially listed as doubtful, personally I don’t think he will play.
Losing Byron is a blow to the Seahawks special teams unit.
The return game and punt/kick coverage could suffer.
Let’s hope Ted Ginn Jr. doesn’t take advantage of Byron’s absence and return a punt for a touchdown, like he did when the Seahawks played in San Francisco last season.
So far this season, Ginn’s longest punt return is 20-yards, he has yet to return a kick. Ted also retuned a kick for a touchdown in Candlestick against the Seahawks last season.
Once again John Moffitt will be unable to play. I did get an opportunity to ask him about his injury before the game on Sunday. He indicated that he was getting close to a return and feeling pretty well.
Hopefully, with the long week next week, he will be able to get back in the lineup and play in Detroit.
On the bright side, Clinton McDonald is expected to return this week, which should help the Seahawks defense contain Frank Gore. Greg Scruggs did not play terribly in his absence, nevertheless I cannot help but remember a third down run when Scruggs hit the back 4-yards short of the first down, yet he was unable to bring the running back down.
Greg basically walked with the ball carrier for the next 5-yards until teammates brought down the runner. I believe Clinton would have pulled him to the ground quickly and forced the Patriots to punt in that situation.
49ers like the Seahawks are healthy
For the most part the 49ers are healthy. They have a few players listed on the injury report, but almost every one of them is expected to play.
The only player who appears likely to miss the game is starting left tackle Joe Staley. Staley suffered a concussion last week and has yet to be cleared to play in the game on Thursday.
With the NFL‘s new approach in dealing with concussions, I would be surprised if he is cleared to play 4 days after suffering one.
With Joe in the lineup, the 49ers have given up the 3rd most sacks in the NFL. Without him, Chris Clemons and the Seahawks eighth ranked pass rush could have a field day.
- Kam Chancellor SS #31, Ankle, Probable
- Clinton McDonald DT #69, Groin, Probable
- Byron Maxwell CB #41, Hamstring, Doubtful
- John Moffitt RG #74, Knee, Out
- David Akers K #2, Illness, Probable
- Andy Lee P #4, Hand, Probable
- Alex Smith QB #11, Right Finger, Probable
- Tavares Gooden ILB #56, Groin, Probable
- Brandon Jacob RB #45, Knee, Questionable
- Joe Staley LT #74, Concussion, Questionable
- Mario Manningham WR #82, Shoulder, Questionable