Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is active for Sunday night's game against the Carolina Panthers, his first game back following arthroscopic knee surgery that caused him to miss five games.
Bennett, who was listed as questionable for Sunday's game, is one of four defensive starters back from injury for this week's game along with free safety Earl Thomas, cornerback DeShawn Shead and linebacker Mike Morgan. Center Justin Britt is also back after missing last week's game with an ankle injury.
"It does feel good to have guys coming back," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday. "On the other side of it, we're really proud of the guys who stepped up and played in place of those who were out, but it feels good. These guys are pumped and looking forward to it."
The Seahawks will be without tight end Luke Willson, who had been listed as questionable with a knee injury. Two other players listed as questionable will play, running back Troymaine Pope (ankle) and defensive end Damontre Moore (foot), both of whom missed last week's game with injuries.
With Moore and George Farmer active at running back behind starter Thomas Rawls, Alex Collins is inactive for Sunday's game. Inactive for the first time this season is tackle Garry Gilliam, who had been the starter at right tackle prior to Bradly Sowell being named the starter this week after replacing Gilliam early in last week's game.
Carolina is missing several key players for Sunday's game, including All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, starting safety Kurt Coleman, right tackle Daryl Williams, and defensive end Mario Addison, who leads the team in sacks.
Here are inactives for both teams:
WR Paul Richardson
RB C.J. Prosise
RB Alex Collins
LB Brock Coyle
OT Garry Gilliam
TE Luke Willson
DT John Jenkins
DE Mario Addison
RB Cameron Artis-Payne
DT Paul Soliai
S Kurt Coleman
LB Luke Kuechly
OT Daryl Williams
TE Chris Manhertz
Five Seahawks players, including defensive end Cliff Avril, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, tight end Jimmy Graham, cornerback Richard Sherman, and quarterback Russell Wilson will take part in the NFL's 'My Cause, My Cleats' campaign in Week 13, showing support for various causes, foundations, and charities by wearing customized cleats this weekend.