The Seahawks were missing seven players, who were on the reserve/COVID-19 list for Tuesday's game against the Rams, a game Los Angeles won 20-10.
The game was originally scheduled for Sunday but with the Rams having a large outbreak of cases last week, the game was rescheduled. And while the Rams got a handful of players back from the COVID list over the past few days, most notably defensive standouts Von Miller and Jalen Ramsey, the Seahawks were not able to have any players return.
Making the situation particularly frustrating for the players who had to miss the game—Tyler Lockett, Brandon Shell, D.J. Reed, Travis Homer, Alex Collins, Bryan Mone and Kerry Hyder Jr.—is that none of them were feeling particularly sick.
"Our guys aren't sick," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "A couple of guys felt something, but they're not sick-sick, and they're not feeling really bad. It's really frustrating for them because they don't feel bad. The new thing we're dealing with, omicron, is absolutely on fire and virulent, but it's not a big factor in how it's affecting us at this point. We're going to learn a lot more—that's on no information and no research and nothing, but the early indication is that guys feel a little something, and that's it. We have to do a good job of getting back from it. These guys (the Rams) did a nice job getting back from it, they got some guys back in three or four days, we've got to make sure to get that done."
Carroll did caution that the Seahawks, like every other team, will have to continue to deal with this current COVID-19 outbreak, "I don't think we're done with this thing, I think we're still dealing with it."
While every player on Seattle's COVID-19 list could have helped on Tuesday, one absence that was particularly noteworthy was that of Lockett, the team's leading receiver and they type of player who could have made a big difference for an offense that produced just 214 yards and 13 first downs while going 3 for 11 on third down.
"I am sick that we didn't have a chance to play with Tyler in this game, because this is the kind of game that he would have been a factor in for sure," Carroll said.
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