The Seahawks will face the Dallas Cowboys missing a few key defensive players, and on Friday Seattle added one more to its injured reserve list, with defensive end Rasheem Green going on IR with a neck injury.
Green, who missed last week's game with a stinger, joins linebacker Bruce Irvin and safety Marquise Blair on injured reserve, but unlike those two who are out for the year with knee injuries sustained last week, Green is expected back. In a change for 2020, players can come off of injured reserve after missing just three games, so Green will be out through at least the Week 6 bye, but could be back after that.
"It's just going to be a couple more weeks, so this was the right way to handle this," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "We're expecting him to come back to us. He's just got to get through the process to make sure he can pass his tests. It's going to be a couple weeks, we think, so this is going to work out OK in terms of putting him down, and he'll be available to return."
Four Seahawks players are questionable for Sunday's game, but Carroll indicated at least two of them have a good chance of playing.
On defensive end Benson Mayowa, who has a groin injury Carroll said, "Benson practiced today and did all right, so he looks like he's got a chance. He's questionable right now, but he's coming back to us, so looks like he's got a chance."
Cornerback Quinton Dunbar has a knee injury and didn't practice Friday after being limited the previous two days, and Carroll said, "he didn't practice much this week, but it looks like he's ready to play. We wanted to make sure to give him as much rest time as possible."
Cornerback and special teams captain Neiko Thorpe will be a game-day decision, Carroll said: "Neiko's got a groin thing going here that we've got to figure out and make sure he's ready to roll. So we won't know until game time."
The injuries at defensive end means rookie Alton Robinson is expected to make his debut after being inactive for the first two games, and Carroll said they're confident in what the fifth-round pick will bring to the defense.
"He's a real strong player, a natural rusher," Carroll said. "He's got a natural package of moves and things that he's comfortable with—speed to power and all that stuff. He's got some real stuff. He's worked hard to hold up his end of it. We're not hesitant to play him in any situation in the game, meaning that he's got the playbook and is understanding it. We're going in with confidence that he'll do a good job."
Here are the Friday injury reports for both teams:
- DE Rasheem Green (neck, did not participate)
- DE Benson Mayowa (groin, limited participation)
- CB Quinton Dunbar (knee, did not participate)
- CB Neiko Thorpe (hip, did not participate)
- T Cedric Ogbuehi (pectoral, limited participation)
- CB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring)
- DE DeMarcus Lawrence (knee)
- T Tyron Smith (neck)