Three Seahawks Questionable For Seahawks' Week 15 Game At Carolina, Jadeveon Clowney Ruled Out

Injury updates from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll ahead of his team’s trip to Charlotte.

Update: Since the initial publishing of this story, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was downgraded from questionable to out.

The Seahawks left for Charlotte Friday ahead of their Week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers, and the status of three players making the trip won't be known until gameday.

Cornerback Shaquill Griffin (hamstring), tight end Luke Willson (hamstring) and Ziggy Ansah (neck) are all listed as questionable. And in this case, all four fit the truest definition of that word and will be game-day decisions.

"Those questionables that are on there are legit," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "We've got to wait and see where these guys fit in."

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who is battling the flu virus that hit much of the team ahead of the Week 13 game against Minnesota, was initially among those listed as questionable, but he has since been downgraded to out.

"He's still getting back," Carroll said. "He was out here today with us. He's recovering still. He's been pretty sick."

Griffin's hamstring injury came out of last week's game, though he didn't miss a snap in the game, and kept him from practicing Thursday or Friday.

"He's got a hamstring thing that just popped up here last week, and it's bothered him a little bit," Carroll said. "We're just making sure that we're managing him through it."

Willson, who has missed the past three games with a hamstring injury, did not practice Thursday or Friday—he was limited Wednesday—but he has been lobbying Carroll to let him play.

"Luke is doing really well," Carroll said. "He's wearing me out. We'll see what happens here on gameday."

Ansah is trying to get back after missing last week's game with a stinger, and was a limited participant on Friday.

"He's working," Carroll said. "We'll see. We're going to take every day all the way to game time for Ziggy. He's in that same boat as those other guys."

Strongside linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been ruled out, meaning he'll miss a second straight game with a hamstring injury. Cody Barton is expected to again start in his place, and Carroll expects the rookie to benefit from the experience he gained last week in his first career start.

"He'll feel much more comfortable," Carroll said. "It was just fast and furious, and he was just busting his tail running around trying to make his plays and all that. I think he'll be settled in even more so. He's such a smart kid, he works so hard, it's so important to him that he'll take advantage of one week to the next week. I think you'll see him improve for a long time because of the way he applies himself and all of that. So we're expecting him to make a little jump, just clean it up, just be more specifically accountable and stuff. The running and hitting part, he was fine, it was just the little things, assignments and recognition and things like that."

Fullback Nick Bellore is not listed on the injury report after missing the previous two games with a quadriceps injury, meaning he's good to go. That's particularly important for the Seahawks on special teams, where Bellore is a leader and one of the team's top performers in that phase of the game.

"It's a really big deal for us because he has been such a leader and such a steady force and such a consistent performer," Carroll said. "He helps other guys play well. He's been around so long, the calls that he makes, the focus and attention to detail, reminding other guys, all of that. That's irreplaceable. You can't get that until you've played a bunch of years and you have a bunch of background, and he brings that to us

For the Panthers, Pro-Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has been ruled out due a concussion, as has starting left tackle Greg Little (ankle).

Here are the full injury reports for both teams:

Seattle Seahawks

Out

LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring, did not participate in practice)
RB Rashaad Penny (knee, did not participate in practice)
DE Jadeveon Clowney (core/illness, limited participation in practice)

Questionable

TE Luke Willson (hamstring, did not participate in practice)
CB Shaquill Griffin (hamstring, did not participate in practice)
E Ziggy Ansah (neck, limited participation in practice)

Carolina Panthers

Out

TE Greg Olsen (concussion, limited participation in practice)
LB/DE Marquis Haynes (knee, did not participate in practice)
T Greg Little (ankle, did not participate in practice)

Doubtful

OL Garrett McGhin (ankle, limited participation in practice)

Questionable

LB/DE Mario Addison (chest, limited participation in practice)

The Seahawks and the Panthers will meet this Sunday at the Bank of America Stadium for Week 15 of the 2019 season. Take a look back at photos from past games between the two teams.

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