The Seahawks will be without Demarcus Dobbs (concussion) and Jordan Hill (toe) this Sunday against the Ravens in Baltimore, as the team's Friday practice report tells us the pair of defensive linemen will miss a second straight game because of injuries suffered in Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The absence of Dobbs and Hill likely means Seahawks fans will see another increased workload out of rookie defensive end Frank Clark, who saw his most playing time of the season in Minnesota this past week, when he collected 2.0 sacks and two passes defensed of Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Running back Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) was already ruled out earlier this week as he continues to recover from surgery, but every other player on the Seahawks' roster is probable to play in Week 14, reinforcing Seattle head coach Pete Carroll's statement that the team is in "pretty good health" this week.
"We had a really good week again," Carroll said Friday before the team took off for the east coast. "This feels like we're in a good rhythm in terms of preparation, the way we're focusing on each day. The guys are really tuned in, they're really focused like they need to be, and so we know when we put together a good week like this it gives us a chance to play well. We've still got to go do it and all that and finish up tomorrow, but things are in order."
For the Ravens, quarterback Matt Schaub (chest) missed a third straight day of practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said he does not know who will start against the Seahawks - Schaub or third-stringer Jimmy Clausen, who was signed by the Ravens last month after the team placed starting signal caller Joe Flacco on injured reserve. Schaub did throw on his own on Thursday, but Clausen has been taking reps with the Ravens No. 1 offense. Even with the question of which player will line up under center, Carroll said his defense's preparation didn't change much this week.
"I don't know that they're going to do anything different," Carroll said of the Ravens offense. "... We're just going with what we're seeing, and the nature of changing would be because if the quarterbacks are really different types of players, but otherwise, they've got to run their offense and do the things that they do. So that's what we're counting on. We'll see what happens on gameday."
Seattle has already won a game against Clausen this season, when he started for the Chicago Bears in place of an injured Jay Cutler in Week 3 at CenturyLink Field. Clausen completed 9-of-17 passes for 63 yards in a 26-0 loss that day that saw the Chicago offense punt on 10 straight possessions. If Clausen does get the start this week for Baltimore, he'll become just the sixth quarterback in NFL history to start against a team twice in the same season playing for two different teams. Carroll said there's "a lot of carryover" between what the Bears and Ravens like to run offensively that could help put Clausen in a good position if given the start this Sunday, despite Clausen being with the team for less than a month.
"There's a lot of base stuff," he said. "Jimmy's been around a long time. [Baltimore offensive coordinator] Marc Trestman's been a long-time west coast guy, he's got all those roots and all that, so that all weaves together pretty well for Jimmy, I think."
Here's a look at this weekend's gameday designations for the Seahawks and Ravens, along with each player's participation level in Friday's practice:
RB Marshawn Lynch (Abdomen)
DE Demarcus Dobbs (Concussion)
DT Jordan Hill (Toe)
DE Cliff Avril (Not Injury Related)
DE Michael Bennett (Not Injury Related)
T Eugene Monroe (Did Not Participate, Shoulder)
WR Marlon Brown (Did Not Participate, Back)
TE Crockett Gilmore (Did Not Participate, Back)
QB Matt Schaub (Did Not Participate, Chest)
LB Elvis Dumervil (Full Participation, Not Injury Related)
TE Maxx Williams (Full Participation, Concussion)
DE Chris Canty (Full Participation, Not Injury Related)
LB Daryl Smith (Full Participation, Not Injury Related)
T Rick Wagner (Limited Participation, Ankle)
DT Brandon Williams (Limited Participation, Shoulder)
CB Jimmy Smith (Limited Participation, Knee)
The Seahawks have faced the Ravens only four times, twice at home and twice in Baltimore with the last meeting there being 12 years ago. This gallery throws you back to each game through photos and scores, right in time for their rubber match this Sunday.