ATLANTA—The Seahawks came into the weekend with six players questionable due to injuries, but four of those players will be available for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Safety Bradley McDougald, who missed last week's game with back spasms, is active, as are left tackle Duane Brown, who has missed two games with a biceps injury, right tackle Germain Ifedi, who injured his knee during the week, and defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who missed last week's game with an ankle injury.
Not available for this game are starting cornerback Tre Flowers, who has a neck injury, and safety Quandre Diggs, who was added in a trade this week, but who is dealing with a hamstring injury. Also out due to injury are defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson (oblique) and safety Lano Hill (elbow), both of whom were ruled out Friday.
If Brown indeed starts—and that's not necessarily a given, as the Seahawk have in the past had players returning from injury active while serving as emergency backups, such as guard D.J. Fluker last week—that would also help the Seahawks at tight end, allowing George Fant to go back to his hybrid tight end/sixth lineman role.
"It's a big deal to us," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "It's really a big deal. If we get that done, I think George is such a unique guy at that position that that's a really important thing for us if we can get it. We've missed him for a couple weeks now."
For the Falcons, quarterback Matt Ryan is inactive due to an ankle injury. Matt Schaub will start in his place. Atlanta is also without cornerback Desmond Trufant, a former University of Washington standout, as well as guard James Carpenter, a former Seahawks first-round pick.
Here are the inactive lists for both teams:
WR Gary Jennings
WR John Ursua
CB Tre Flowers
RB C.J. Prosise
S Quandre Diggs
S Lano Hill
DE Quinton Jefferson
QB Matt Ryan
OL James Carpenter
RB Qadree Ollison
DL Deadrin Senat
RB Ito Smith
CB Desmond Trufant
CB D.J. White