Seahawks Inactives: DE L.J. Collier among 5 healthy scratches vs Steelers

Oct 17, 2021, 4:24 PM | Updated: 4:28 pm
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Seahawks DE L.J. Collier looks on during the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
(Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The 2-3 Seahawks are down their two top guys in the backfield in quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Chris Carson, but they enter Sunday night’s primetime showdown in Pittsburgh pretty healthy otherwise.

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Backup offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi is the only member of the Seahawks’ 53-man roster who will miss the matchup with the 2-3 Steelers due to injury. He is battling chest and biceps injuries.

To get down to the required roster size for the Week 6 game, the Seahawks have five healthy scratches, headlined by defensive end L.J. Collier, the team’s first-round pick in 2019.

Also joining Collier on the inactives list are cornerback John Reid, rookie offensive tackle Stone Forsythe, center Dakoda Shepley and tight end Tyler Mabry.

For Collier, this is the fourth time in six weeks he’s been a healthy scratch, which comes as a bit of a surprise after the TCU product started all 16 regular season games for the Seahawks in 2020 along with the team’s playoff loss to the Rams. He played just under 50% of Seattle’s defensive snaps a year ago.

The Seahawks also added quarterback Jake Luton and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett off the practice squad for the game. Luton will backup Geno Smith, who will start in place of the injured Wilson. Dorsett was activated off the practice squad in last week’s loss to the Rams, where he played five offensive snaps.

With Wilson and Carson on injured reserve, Week 6 will be the first game of the season for both rookie cornerback Tre Brown and center Ethan Pocic. Both Brown and Pocic started the season on IR due to knee injuries. Pocic was Seattle’s starting center a year ago while the Seahawks used one of their three 2021 draft picks on Brown (fourth-round selection).

For the Steelers, they also have five healthy scratches. That list includes cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who signed with the Seahawks this past offseason but was traded to Pittsburgh for a sixth-round pick after he was beat out by Tre Flowers, who was waived by Seattle this past week.

Check out Pittsburgh’s full inactives list here.

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