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Seattle Seahawks Tight End Luke Willson and Guard J.R. Sweezy Ruled Out for Sunday’s Game at Arizona Cardinals
The Seahawks will be without starting right guard J.R. Sweezy for Sunday’s game at Arizona, as he has been ruled out with a concussion, and could also be without left tackle Russell Okung, who is doubtful because of a calf injury.
On Okung, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, “It doesn’t look like he can go. But we’ll see what happens there,” adding that they’ll wait until Sunday to make a final decision.
Tight end Luke Willson has also been ruled out with a concussion, meaning the Seahawks currently have two healthy tight ends, Cooper Helfet and Chase Coffman.
If Okung can’t go, Alvin Bailey would likely start there for the second straight game. Bailey is also listed as the top backup at both guard positions, so if he is playing for Okung, rookie Mark Glowinski is next on the depth chart at right guard. One other option could be backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre, who can also play guard. Glowinski, a fourth-round pick out of West Virginia, has been active for 10 games this season, but played only one snap at guard in place of Sweezy, who briefly left the game against San Francisco in Week 11 but quickly returned.
Carroll wouldn’t say who would start at guard, but did say when asked about Glowinski, “He hasn’t had a lot of work, game-time work, since preseason. But we do see him every day. He’s a real battler, he’s a very technique-sound kid. He’s got a chance to help us. I’m really excited about him getting a chance to play. This is a great opportunity for him. It’s also great opportunity for us to see him under these kinds of conditions—it’s a maximum challenge for the guy. He’s tough and he has done a lot of cool things since he has been here, and it’s his turn. We’re really looking forward to seeing him play.”
Safety Kam Chancellor, who has missed the past two games with a pelvis injury, is listed as questionable after returning to practice on Thursday, as is defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who has missed the past four games with a toe injury. Carroll sounded optimistic one or both of those questionable players, who both practiced fully on Friday, could play Sunday.
“(Chancellor) made it through the week and looked good,” Carroll said. “He has a chance to play in the game. We’re really excited about getting him back. I know he’s really looking forward to playing. We’ll see what happens. We had a good, fast day today, a good effort day, so we’ll see how he is tomorrow, but a good indication he’s got a chance to play.”
On Hill, Carroll said, “Jordan’s going to play. We’re anxious to get him back. It has been a long while for him out, and he has been a nice player for us. We’re looking forward to getting him back.”
Running back Marshawn Lynch won’t play in this game, but Carroll said they are anticipating that Lynch will be back with the team Monday.
“The latest update today is that he’s really doing well,” Carroll said. “He’s done about all that he can do at that end of it, so that’s great to hear. We’ll see what that means here in the next couple of days, but he has really tried to get back as soon as possible. The workouts are not setting him back, so we’re hoping that means he has a chance to get back to us next week.” Read
RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen, did not participate in practice)
TE Luke Willson (concussion, DNP)
G J.R. Sweezy (concussion, DNP)
T Russell Okung (calf, DNP)
S Kam Chancellor (pelvis, full participation)
DT Jordan Hill (toe, full)
DE Cliff Avril (back, full)
DE Michael Bennett (toe, full) Read
LB Markus Golden (knee, did not participate in practice)
DT Josh Mauro (calf, DNP)
WR Michael Floyd (knee, limited participation)
LB Dwight Freeney (knee, limited)
S Rashad Johnson (ankle/illness, limited)
DT Frostee Rucker (ankle, limited)
CB Jerraud Powers (hamstring, full participation)
DT Cory Redding (ankle, full)
RB Andre Ellington (toe, limited)
WR Larry Fitzgerald (ankle, full)
LB Alani Fua (groin, limited)
LS Mike Leach (back, full)
QB Carson Palmer (finger, limited)
CB Patrick Peterson (ankle, limited)
DT Ed Stinson (ribs, full)
RB Stepfan Taylor (shoulder, full)