Both teams have been bitten by injury bug
The buzz this week is surrounding the matchup between the Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman and Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Richard Sherman and Johnson are both used to physically dominating the opposing players they face.
This matchup should be extremely fun to watch, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the All-22 to watch the battle.
But before we watch the game, let’s take a look at the injuries that will play a factor.
For the Seahawks
As I stated earlier in the week, Doug Baldwin will be sidelined for at least a week or two with an ankle injury that he suffered during the first half of last week’s game.
Byron Maxwell will sit out his second straight game. Last week, Seattle’s punt coverage and punt return units suffered from his absence. Hopefully the Seahawks‘ special teams coordinator, Brian Schneider, has figured out a solution during the extended week. One option would be to activate Walter Thurmond from the PUP (Physically Unable to Preform) list for the game.
Jason Jones’ ability to play Sunday is a big question mark. Pete Carroll stated that he will be making the trip to Detroit. That indicates that he will be a game-time decision. If Jason Jones is unable to play, the Seahawks’ pass rush will be hampered. Jason leads all Seahawks defensive tackles with 2.5 sacks this season and does a great job collapsing the interior pocket.
John Moffitt will not be able to start the game against the Lions, but he could see some playing time. Personally, I feel like if he isn’t ready to start, the Seahawks should err on the side of caution and have him sit this game out.
For the Lions
Detroit will be without cornerback Jacob Lacey, who is the Lions’ nicklelback and a special teams player. Amari Spievey started last week in Chicago, but he suffered his second concussion of the season during the game.
Losing those two players should weaken the NFL‘s sixth-ranked passing defense, especially if starting cornerback Bill Bentley and starting free safety Louis Delmas (both questionable) are unable to play. That would mean four of the Lions top five defensive backs would miss the game.
The Lions defense could also be without starting outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (doubtful). If he is unable to play, Ashlee Palmer would get the start. Palmer has not started a game since 2010; however, he has seven career starts in his four seasons.
Unfortunately, the Lions lost former Seahawk and Seattle area native, Nate Burleson for the season with a broken leg.
The 12th man will get an opportunity to watcher former Seahawks tight end Will Heller, defensive end Lawrence Jackson (who could start if Cliff Avril is unable to play), and starting left guard Rob Sims.
While Rob Sims played for the Seahawks he contributed to my podcast, “The Brett and Brian Show.” I was obviously unhappy to see him traded on a personal level. He was unhappy that Pete Carroll and John Schneider never gave him an opportunity to show them what he could do. Sims will likely be playing with a bit of a chip on his shoulder on Sunday.
- Marshawn Lynch RB #24, Back, Probable
- John Moffitt RG #74, Knee, Questionable
- Jason Jones DT/DE #90, Ankle, Doubtful
- Byron Maxwell CB/ST #41, Hamstring, Out
- Doug Baldwin WR #89, Ankle, Out
- Calvin Johnson WR #81, Knee, Probable
- Stephen Tulloch MLB #55, Knee, Probable
- Brandon Pettigrew TE #87, Knee, Probable
- Corey Williams DT #99, Knee, Probable
- Titus Young WR #16, Knee, Questionable
- Louis Delmas FS #26, Knee, Questionable
- Bill Bentley CB #28, Shoulder, Questionable
- Cliff Avril DE #92, Back, Questionable
- DeAndre Levy OLB #54, Hamstring, Doubtful
- Jacob Lacey CB #21, Concussion, Out
- Amari Spievey sS #42, Concussion, Out