The Seahawks placed Derrick Coleman on injured reserve on Saturday, ending the fullback’s season after he had surgery on his foot this week. Wide receiver Phil Bates was activated off the practice squad to fill Coleman’s roster spot.
The Seahawks play the Panthers in Carolina on Sunday for the third consecutive season, and each team needs a victory to avoid dropping its fourth game of the season.
The Seahawks and Panthers featured the NFL’s top-ranked defenses last season, when they also had the best records in the NFC. But each team already has three losses as they reach their crossroads matchup on Sunday.
Doug Baldwin and Paul Richardson will step into the roles of kickoff and punt returner in Sunday’s game against the Panthers because Bryan Walters is out with a concussion.