The Seahawks head to Atlanta this weekend looking to improve upon a 5-2 record, and heading into the weekend the status of several key players is in question. Six players, including both starting tackles and two starting defensive backs, are listed as questionable, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said most everyone on that list will be a game-day decision.
While half a dozen players are questionable, only two players have been ruled out due to injury, safety Lano Hill and defensive end Quinton Jefferson.
Here's what Carroll said about the players listed as questionable:
S Quandre Diggs
Diggs, who came to Seattle in a trade this week, has a hamstring injury, and Carroll said they won't rush him into action.
"He was not able to do a lot of work this week," Carroll said. "We're just training him right now, we're not trying to rush it and just force him in, we're not doing that."
S Bradley McDougald
McDougald missed last week's game with back spasms, but was able to practice both Thursday and Friday on a limited basis.
"He's making his way back. He's making his way back in and got enough practice that we'll take him all the way up to game time."
CB Tre Flowers
Flowers is dealing with a neck stinger and was limited each of the past two days.
"He had a little stinger last week, so we're just making sure he's all right," Carroll said. "We'll go all the way to game time and make sure that's OK."
LT Duane Brown
Brown has missed the past two games with a biceps injury, but was able to practice fully the past two days. Carroll said they'll wait until Sunday to determine Brown's status.
"He did a nice job in practice today, got all the way through it," Carroll said.
RT Germain Ifedi
Ifedi injured his knee in a walkthrough practice this week, and while the injury isn't serious, he too will be a gameday decision.
"He just tweaked it in the walkthrough the other day," Carroll said. "So we just quieted it down, make sure that he's OK. We'll make sure on gameday that he's all right. It was nothing serious, he did it in actual walkthrough tempo, he just caught something. We just want to make sure we're doing the right thing and taking care of him."
DE Ziggy Ansah
Ansah missed last week's game with an ankle injury, but has a good chance to make it back this week.
"He got good work the last two days, so he looks likely to be part of it," Carroll said. "We'll make sure on Sunday."
DE Quinton Jefferson
Jefferson was ruled out Friday, the result of an oblique injury he was able to play through last week.
"He's got an oblique that he did two weeks ago," Carroll said. "It acted up a little bit after the game, so it's just not quite ready yet."
Carroll said Jefferson's injury should mean an increased role for rookie L.J. Collier.
For the Falcons, quarterback Matt Ryan is questionable with an ankle injury. Ryan did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, but was able to participate on a limited basis Friday. Cornerback Desmond Trufant, a former University of Washington Standout, has been ruled out with a toe injury.
Here are the full injury reports for both teams:
S Lano Hill (elbow, did not participate in practice)
DE Quinton Jefferson (oblique, did not participate in practice)
T Germain Ifedi (knee, did not participate in practice)
T Duane Brown (biceps, full participation in practice)
CB Tre Flowers (neck, limited participation in practice)
DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle, limited participation in practice)
S Quandre Diggs (hamstring, limited participation in practice)
S Bradley McDougald (back, limited participation in practice)
G James Carpenter (knee, did not participate in practice)
CB Desmond Trufant (toe, did not participate in practice)
RB Ito Smith (concussion, did not participate in practice)
QB Matt Ryan (ankle, limited participation in practice)
The Seahawks and the Falcons will meet this Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium during week 8 of the 2019 season. Take a look back at photos from past games between the two teams.