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Seahawks inactives: Adams officially back, Dunlap to make Seattle debut

Nov 8, 2020, 9:09 AM | Updated: 9:14 am
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DE Carlos Dunlap is set to make his Seahawks debut against the Buffalo Bills in Week 9. (Getty)
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Rookie tight end Colby Parkinson joined six Seahawks players that the team ruled out on Friday who will be inactive for a Week 9 matchup with the Bills, which officially marks the return of All-Pro safety Jamal Adams as well as the debut of defensive end Carlos Dunlap with Seattle.

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Parkinson was added to the Seahawks’ roster ahead of last week’s win over the San Francisco 49ers, which gave Seattle five healthy tight ends. Veteran tight end Luke Willson was then released a few days later. With Parkinson a healthy scratch, Greg Olsen, Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister are Seattle’s three active tight ends in Buffalo.

The rest of the inactives list was known on Friday when it was announced that starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin, defensive end Benson Mayowa, guard Mike Iupati, nickel corner Ugo Amadi and running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde would all be out for Week 9. All those players missed the Week 8 game against the 49ers, and Iupati has not played since Week 4.

Mayowa being inactive would normally be a bad sign for a pass rush that has struggled for most of the season, but Dunlap, who Seattle acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals for backup offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick, will be making his Seahawks debut. He is a two-time Pro Bowler who has 82.5 career sacks.

Other good news for the Seahawks’ pass rush is third-year defensive end Rasheem Green is back after missing a lot of time with a neck stinger that had him on Seattle’s injured reserve list. Green led the Seahawks in sacks in 2019 with four.

Starting for Griffin will once again be third-year corner Tre Flowers, who started the last two seasons opposite Griffin before the Seahawks acquired Quinton Dunbar this offseason.

With Iupati out, Jordan Simmons should once again get the starting nod at left guard.

Amadi’s absence once again opens the door for D.J. Reed to get playing time. Reed made his 2020 debut last week against his former team, the 49ers, and played very well, recording an interception, multiple pressures and six tackles.

Carson and Hyde both being inactive leaves Seattle with three running backs: rookie DeeJay Dallas, who scored two touchdowns last week, second-year back Travis Homer, who is banged up with a knee injury, and Alex Collins, who the Seahawks drafted in 2016 and is back on the team’s practice squad. Collins was added to Seattle’s game day roster for Week 9 on Saturday.

Along with Dunlap’s debut, the big news is that Adams is finally back on the field.

The 2019 First-Team All-Pro was the prize of the Seahawks’ offseason, costing two first-round picks, a third-round pick as well as a capable starting safety in Bradley McDougald.

Adams hasn’t played since Week 3 and the Seahawks’ defense has missed his play, especially his ability to rush the passer. He is tied with Mayowa, linebacker Bobby Wagner and rookie defensive end Alton Robinson for the team lead in sacks with two despite playing only 2 1/2 games this year.

For the Bills, they will be without two key starters in cornerback Josh Norman, the team’s No. 2 corner, and center Mitch Morse. Norman hasn’t played since Week 6 with a hamstring injury while Morse suffered a concussion last week. The rest of Buffalo’s inactives list can be seen below.

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