Seahawks Injuries: Diggs questionable but will play, Shell ruled out

Dec 10, 2021, 2:17 PM
Seahawks Quandre Diggs...
Seahawks FS Quandre Diggs celebrates with fans after defeating the 49ers 30-23 at Lumen Field. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
(Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The Seahawks will be without one 2020 Pro Bowl safety this Sunday as Jamal Adams is done for the season due to a shoulder injury, but Seattle’s other Pro Bowl safety also popped up on the injury report ahead of this Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

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Quandre Diggs, who leads the Seahawks in interceptions with four and currently is in first place in Pro Bowl voting among NFC safeties, is questionable to play for Seattle this week in Houston. Diggs is currently battling a calf injury and he did not practice for the Seahawks on Wednesday or Thursday. But on Friday, head coach Pete Carroll emphatically told reporters that Diggs will be playing.

Adams is still on the 53-man roster, so he was ruled out for the contest as a formality until he is placed on injured reserve. He was one of four players listed out for Sunday, along with starting right tackle Brandon Shell, backup guard and center Kyle Fuller and running back Travis Homer.

The good news for the Seahawks is that starting left guard Damien Lewis is off the final injury report after missing the last two weeks due to shoulder and elbow injuries. Fuller started in his place during those two games, but he was knocked out of last week’s win over the San Francisco 49ers. Of Lewis, Carroll said he didn’t miss a single snap in practice this week and is ready to go.

Running back Alex Collins, who missed Sunday’s win over San Francisco with an abdominal injury, is also off the injury report for this week.

With Adams done for the year, Ryan Neal will be the Seahawks’ starting safety for the final five games of the year. But who replaces Diggs if he can’t go is more of a question mark.

With Shell out, that means the Seahawks will almost certainly be starting a rookie at right tackle. Seattle has two rookie offensive tackles in undrafted free agent Jake Curhan and sixth-round pick Stone Forsythe. Curhan has played some tackle this year and played at left guard on Sunday while Forsythe got his first taste of NFL action on Sunday when Shell went out against the 49ers. Carroll mentioned both can play right tackle, but he didn’t tell reporters what the plan is for Sunday a that position.

Homer is out after a breakout performance on special teams against the 49ers, where he had a 73-yard touchdown run on a fake punt and later recovered a fumble on the second half kickoff.

And he wasn’t on the injury report as he’s on the practice squad, but running back Adrian Peterson, who scored a touchdown for the Seahawks against the 49ers, has a lower back injury and won’t play against the Texans.

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