The Seahawks came into their regular season finale against the Arizona Cardinals with a handful of players described as game-day decisions by head coach Pete Carroll, and while two of those players, running back Rashaad Penny and guard D.J. Fluker, will be available Sunday, two other players listed as questionable, defensive end Dion Jordan and free safety Tedric Thompson, will not play.
Thompson, who has an ankle injury, was able to practice on a limited basis on Friday after also missing last week’s game. When Thompson was out last week, the Seahawks moved Bradley McDougald from strong safety to free safety, and started Delano Hill at strong safety, so that is the likely plan again Sunday. McDougald was also listed as questionable due to a knee injury, but Carroll said Friday that McDougald was ready to go.
Jordan, who was also limited in practice Friday, has been dealing with a knee injury through much of the season.
Guard J.R. Sweezy, who injured his foot last week and was listed as doubtful, is inactive as expected. While Fluker is active, that doesn’t guarantee he will start. Fluker, who missed Seattle’s Week 14 and 15 games with a hamstring injury, was active last week but did not start, the hope being he could get another week to rest his hamstring. But when Sweezy went down with an injury, the Seahawks moved Ethan Pocic from right guard to left guard and put Fluker into the game.
Seattle’s inactive list only backs up Carroll’s assertion throughout the week that, despite having clinched a playoff berth, the Seahawks are “going for it” this week, as no starters who are healthy are inactive.
Here are the inactives for both teams:
FS Tedric Thompson
CB Kalan Reed
RB Bo Scarbrough
LB Emmanuel Ellerbee
G J.R. Sweezy
DE Rasheem Green
DE Dion Jordan
WR J.J. Nelson
WR Jalen Tolliver
S D.J. Swearinger
DE Markus Golden
OL Zach Golditch
TE Ricky Seals-Jones
DE Benson Mayowa
2018 Week 17: Seahawks vs Cardinals Pregame
Pregame photos from the Seattle Seahawks' regular-season finale against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field.