Four weeks into the season, the Seahawks will get their first look at first-round pick Germain Ifedi, who is expected to start at right guard when Seattle plays the New York Jets on Sunday.
Ifedi, who missed Seattle’s first three games with an ankle injury, “had a really good week,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s going to play. I’m really excited about that.”
Ifedi, the 31st pick in this year’s draft, won the starting job at right guard with an impressive showing in training camp and the preseason, but injured his ankle in practice just days before the season opener. After practicing fully the past two days, Ifedi is ready to go.
“He is a big, tough guy,” Carroll said. “He’s got a style about him, he’s really physical. Everybody in the game loves to have guys like that. He’s got a lot to learn—of course he’s young and it’s his first official start, so he’s going to improve and get a heck of a lot better—but he brings really good attitude and really good toughness, and he’s a monster of a guy.”
Also ready to go is quarterback Russell Wilson, who practiced fully all week despite the knee injury sustained in last week’s game.
“He had his best week since the first week when he tweaked his ankle,” Carroll said. “He looked really good.”
Tight end Jimmy Graham appeared on the injury report this week with a back injury, but Carroll said Graham is feeling better after having spasms pop up this week, and Graham practiced fully Friday, a good sign that he’ll be available Sunday despite a questionable designation.
“He had little back spasms that kind of slowed him down a little bit,” Carroll said. “He got it taken care of and he had a really good day today. He was full today.”
Also listed as questionable is linebacker Mike Morgan, who has sports hernia “type of stuff” Carroll said.
“We’re trying to figure that one out,” Carroll said. “He looks like he could play this week, but he’s struggling a little bit to get through the week, so we’ve got to take care of him.”
Defensive tackle Jarran Reed is also questionable with a hip injury that flared up during the week. Carroll said the rookie will be a game-day decision.
Tight end Nick Vannett, who has missed the past three games with an ankle injury, will also be a game-day decision, Carroll said.
Recently acquired running back C.J. Spiller has a chance to make his Seahawks debut this week after signing Wednesday. While Carroll wouldn’t say for sure if Spiller will play after just two days of practice, they did like what they saw out of the veteran back.
“It was pretty exciting to get a guy like that,” Carroll said. “This is a guy that I go way back on, way back to recruiting days, so I’ve known of him for a long time, watched his career, so when we had a chance to get him, we grabbed him. He had good week. We’ll see where he fits in when we get to game time.
“He’s experienced, he has done a lot of good stuff, been in a lot of good systems, and there’s a variety of things we’ve been able to watch him do on film. He’s a versatile player, terrific speed. We’ll see where he fits in.”
Here's the full injury report for both teams:
RB Thomas Rawls (fibula, did not participate in practice)
TE Jimmy Graham (knee/back, full participation)
TE Nick Vannett (ankle, full participation)
LB Mike Morgan (hip, limited participation)
DT Jarran Reed (hip, did not participate in practice)
RB C.J. Prosise (wrist, full participation)
New York Jets
WR Eric Decker (shoulder, did not participate)
WR Jalin Marshall (shoulder, did not participate)
QB Bryce Petty (R shoulder, did not participate)
OL Ryan Clady (shoulder, limited participation)
LB Bruce Carter (ankle, limited participation)
Throughout their history the Seahawks and the Jets have competed against each other 18 times, with 10 of those wins belonging to the Seahawks. The two teams will battle this Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.